de Szoeke

de Szoeke
Simon de Szoeke
Associate Professor
(541) 737-8391
Burt 312

I study exchange of heat, water, and momentum through the atmosphere-ocean surface. These fluxes are interesting from the point of view of Earth's climate because the oceans store large quantities of heat. Surface heat flux releases that heat to the atmosphere; while evaporation of moisture can eventually leads to condensation of clouds, and release of latent heat in the atmosphere.

In 2008 my colleagues and I measured air-sea fluxes and drizzling stratocumulus clouds from a ship in the eastern tropical Pacific off the coast of Chile. I use these observations to assess coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation models used for climate projections.

I made measurements of air-sea fluxes and clouds in 2011 on an experiment called DYNAMO to investigate the cause of large, slow (1000-km, 30-90 day) convective cloud anomalies starting in the tropical Indian Ocean.

In addition to ship observations, I also use numerical models to explore what effect sea surface temperature patterns associated with ocean currents have on the wind over the ocean surface.

For more information, please see my web site in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS)