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This article is concerned with the large integrated project on shelf edge exchange processes in the Northeast Atlantic. This was composed of a number of individual projects linked by regular information exchange via workshops. The second workshop held centred around 8 projects: SEEP dealing with gas and fluid seepage along the continental margin; ENAM looking at slope instability and failure along the margins; STEAM aimed at determining the modes of sediment transport to the deep sea; ICOS investigating the migration of a dominant zooplankton between oceanic and shelf seas; EHUX concerned with the growth and distribution of a coccolithophorid; SEFOS looking at the relationship between the distributions and migrations of commercially important fish species and physical oceanographic patterns; MORENA assessing quantitatively the processes in the water column which are relevant for the transfer of matter, momentum and energy across and along the shelf break and slope west of the Iberian peninsula; OMEX consisting of 5 subprojects on ocean margin exchange.

The article details involvement in each project, considers the intensive use of numerical circulation models and discusses the difficulty of effective communications across disciplinary boundaries. Future outlook and implications for the United States are covered.

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Authors: MOOERS C N K, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (US);SUESS E, Geomar Forschungszentrum für Marine Geowissenschaften, Kiel (DE);BARTHEL K-G, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Oceanography Magazine (1996)
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