Wurl, Oliver, Ekau, Werner ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4844-9654, Landing, William M. and Zappa, Christopher J. (2017) Sea surface microlayer in a changing ocean – A perspective. Elem Sci Anth, 5 . p. 31. DOI https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.228.

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The sea surface microlayer (SML) is the boundary interface between the atmosphere and ocean, covering about 70% of the Earth’s surface. With an operationally defined thickness between 1 and 1000 μm, the SML has physicochemical and biological properties that are measurably distinct from underlying waters. Recent studies now indicate that the SML covers the ocean to a significant extent, and evidence shows that it is an aggregate-enriched biofilm environment with distinct microbial communities. Because of its unique position at the air-sea interface, the SML is central to a range of global biogeochemical and climate-related processes. The redeveloped SML paradigm pushes the SML into a new and wider context that is relevant to many ocean and climate sciences.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Ecology > Fisheries Biology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.228
ISSN: 2325-1026
Date Deposited: 27 May 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:58
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/1929

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