Special Feature: The Sea Surface Microlayer - Linking the Ocean and Atmosphere


Sea surface microlayer in a changing ocean – A perspective
Oliver Wurl, Werner Ekau, William M. Landing, Christopher J. Zappa

Research Article
Enriching particles on a bubble through drainage: Measuring and modeling the concentration of microbial particles in a bubble film at rupture
Peter L. L. Walls and James C. Bird

Research Article
The influence of environmental drivers on the enrichment of organic carbon in the sea surface microlayer and in submicron aerosol particles – measurements from the Atlantic Ocean
Manuela van Pinxteren, Stefan Barthel, Khanneh Wadinga Fomba, Konrad Müller, Wolf von Tümpling and Hartmut Herrmann










Collection launched: 20 Oct 2016

Principle Investigators

Oliver Wurl, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg
Michael Cunliffe, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 


The sea surface microlayer is the boundary interface between atmosphere and ocean, covering 70% of Earth’s surface. It typically has physical, chemical and biological properties measurably distinct from underlying waters. The unique position of the sea surface microlayer gives it a central role in global biogeochemical cycles and climate-related processes. This special feature of Elementa presents state-of-the-art science on this important interface with contributions across a range of disciplines, including trace metal biogeochemistry, air-sea gas exchange, marine microbiology, organic chemistry and modelling. The research covers a broad range of oceanic ecosystems, from coastal seas to open ocean and from polar regions to tropical waters.