Oceans


Oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface and contain almost all of Earth's water.  Furthermore, they contains fifty times more carbon than the atmosphere, and in their top 10m alone they hold roughly the same amount of heat as the entire atmosphere.  Ocean circulation carries this water, carbon, and heat around the globe, exchanging properties with the atmosphere, the biosphere, and the cryosphere in ways that we are only just beginning to observe and understand.  As a partner in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, in EAPS we undertake research questions concerning all these topics, with the aim of furthering understanding of past, present, and future behavior of oceans with significant activity in both physical and chemical and oceanography and marine biogeochemistry. Oceans@MIT illustrates how EAPS oceanographic studies connect to other activities on MIT campus.

 

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