Greenland Sea Project: a venture toward improved understanding of the oceans' role in climate

Citation:
Greenland Sea Project Group.  1990.  Greenland Sea Project: a venture toward improved understanding of the oceans' role in climate. EOS Trans. AGU. 71:750-751and754-755.

Keywords:

greenland sea, M2 551.46:General, Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts, Oceanographic research projects

Abstract:

The Greenland Sea is one of the few major areas where convective renewal of intermediate and deep waters contribute to world-ocean ventilation. Basin-scale cyclonic circulation, boundary currents advecting of Atlantic and Polar origin, mixing across the fronts related to the boundary currents, wintertime heat loss to the atmosphere, ice formulation and related brine release and sequences of penetrative plumes control the renewal. The field work of the Greenland Ice Project began in the summer of 1987. This paper presents and explains the objectives of the Greenland Sea Project and summarizes preliminary results from the first intense field phase which covered the seasonal cycle from summer 1988 to summer 1989. The paper discusses the following: large-scale circulation; convection; circulation and convection variability; exchange across fronts; sea ice; sea ice interactions and copepod life cycles in the European Arctic seas.

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