Virtual Proof of Concept - Can large scale bubble curtains lower the surface temperature ocean waters
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Computer simulations were used to investigate the potential of large-scale bubble curtains for lowering the sea surface temperature locally and regionally. Large scale simulations of this type have not been reported in the literature to our knowledge nor does large scale validation data exist. It is partly due to the latter and the cost involved in generating such validation data that a "Virtual Proof of Concept" was chosen to build confidence in the science behind the technological concept of using bubble curtains to lower sea surface temperatures over large areas. With the assumptions inherent in the use-case definition we find that the technology has potential to reduce sea surface temperatures (SST) both locally and on a regional basis. The merits and assumptions are discussed in the report.