New NSF award for ocean-atmosphere simulator

In this simulator, researchers will be able to generate winds up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) per hour; control air and water temperatures to replicate conditions ranging from tropical to polar; induce phytoplankton blooms in a range of species; and add inputs such as air pollutants, including greenhouse gases, for studies of potential climate change effects now and in the future.

"This will be the only instrument in the world capable of studying the current and future ocean-atmosphere system, and is a testament to 21st century science," said project principal investigator Grant Deane, a Scripps oceanographer. "We're building the tools we need to understand our changing planet and to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers in whole Earth science."

NSF has awarded UCSD a new wind wave simulator that will allow us to probe how humans are impacting the delicate balance between the ocean and atmosphere.