Heat and Oxygen Exchange – [Guest Post]

Heat and Oxygen Exchange – [Guest Post]

Jenessa aboard OSU’s vessel the R/V Oceanus during a cruise for a field work course. She is deploying a vertical microstructure profile attached to a large winch: fishing for the big one!

INSPIRATION DISSEMINATION BLOG POST

by: Lillian Padgitt-Cobb 

As a physical oceanographer in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Master’s candidate Jenessa Duncombe is investigating how the movement of water impacts heat and oxygen exchange at the interface of the ocean and atmosphere. Combining analytical and modeling approaches in the labs of Roger Samelson and Eric Skyllingstad, Jenessa uses linear stability analysis to predict the circulation of water in the upper 300 feet of the ocean.  Jenessa focuses on regions in the ocean with high rates of ocean and atmosphere exchange; those areas are common throughout the ocean, typically occurring near river mouths, along with upwelling regions, or along strong surface currents, like the Gulf Stream. These regions can be thought of as the lungs of the ocean, responsible for the majority of oxygen and carbon dioxide uptake into the ocean. Jenessa’s goal for her research is to improve how surface ocean circulation is accounted for in global climate change models, hopefully making model predictions more accurate.

Jenessa’s interest in earth science began during middle school with encouragement from an inspirational teacher…

Read the full story at Inspiration Dissemination.