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Boundary Conditions

Boundary Conditions

February 2, 2017

At the ocean surface, heat and energy is exchanged between the air above and the water below. Every day, the sun rises and warms a thin layer of surface water. At night, without heat from the sun, the warm surface water cools down, becomes heavier, sinks, and mixes deeper into the ocean — creating a blank slate on the ocean surface for the process to start all over again. Alec Bogdanoff, a graduate student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, focused his research on subtle daily processes at this critical boundary that can change air-sea interactions over vast areas and longer periods. (Illustration by Eric S. Taylor, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution )

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