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News Release 17-109

NSF awards $2.8 million grant to develop advanced ocean and atmosphere simulator

First-of-its-kind simulator will replicate a range of ocean conditions and generate gale-force winds in controlled setting

Bioluminescence shines in a wave

Bioluminescence shines in a wave. In SOARS-like research, scientists studied waves with this light.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Waves spray into the air

Waves send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere, altering the formation and duration of clouds.

Credit: NOAA


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Infographic

Sun, pollution, cloud droplets, ice formation and ocean biology will be studied at the NSF center.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Earth's ocean

Earth's oceans and atmosphere are inextricably linked in determining how long clouds last.

Credit: NOAA


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Oceanography scientists

Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists are at work on instruments for the new NSF center.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Clouds'

Clouds' ability to reflect solar energy and absorb radiation affect Earth's climate.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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