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Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Awards 2022 Mia Sophie Specht

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Mia Sophie Specht

Mia Sophie Specht
Mia Sophie Specht

OS Ocean Sciences

The 2022 Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (OSPP) Award is awarded to Mia Sophie Specht for the poster/PICO entitled:

Influence of Subsurface Tropical Instability Waves on Ocean Temperatures in the Tropical Atlantic (Specht, M. S.; Jungclaus, J.; Bader, J.)

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Mia Sophie Specht is a PhD student at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. She is doing her PhD as part of the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM). Her work focuses on surface and subsurface tropical instability waves in the Atlantic Ocean using high-resolution model simulations.
At the EGU 2022 she presented results of her research on the influence of subsurface tropical instability waves (subTIWs) on ocean temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. She showed that subTIWs can induce vertical mixing which leads to a temperature increase below the mixed layer. At the surface, subTIWs have an immediate imprint on the local sea surface temperature (SST), visible as a wave pattern with strong SST fronts. However, no long lasting influence of subTIWs on SST could be found.