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Southern Ocean Overtuning Fingerprint Experiment

Project description

Quantifying the hydrographic fingerprint of the overturning water circulation

As a continuous ring of water around Antarctica, the Southern Ocean links all other oceans. The process of overturning circulation influences powerfully Earth’s climate. While numerical studies suggest there are substantial variations in the overturning circulation due to increased westerly winds, there is a lack of observational evidence that these variations have occurred or are occurring in oceanographic measurements. The EU-funded SOFIE project aims to detect and measure the hydrographic fingerprint of changes in this overturning. SOFIE proposes that changes in the overturning circulation affect noticeably the ocean interior density structure from surface to depth across the Southern Ocean. It will test this hypothesis in the state-of-the-art numerical NEMO-OPA model.


Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

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South East (England) Hampshire and Isle of Wight Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00