Narrator: This is Science Today. When waves break in the open ocean, they create millions of bubbles, which play an important role in a variety of ocean and atmospheric processes. At the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, researchers have developed a high-tech 'BubbleCam', which oceanographer Grant Deane says is providing new insight into the characteristics of bubbles.
Deane: Understanding the origin of the bubbles and the numbers and sizes that are produced and the physics of that process is important for modelists, who are trying to model this very fundamental process.
Narrator: The BubbleCam is a high-tech video camera with a powerful lens and focusing system, which enables oceanographers to take finely sliced pictures as waves break.
Deane: We think we've discovered the mechanism controlling the bubble production in the ocean waves.
results may someday be used to develop instruments
that can remotely monitor greenhouse gas transfer.
For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.