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Greenland sea convection mechanisms and their climatic implications (CONVECTION)

Objective

CONVICTION aims to assess open ocean deep-water production in the Greenland Sea by a combination of operational remote sensing, modelling, and field requirements. We seek to understand the physics underlying convection and how this process links with global climatic factors. The field measurements comprise work in two winters and three summers cruises. Winter convection will be mapped by an acoustic shadowgraph array, moored yo-yo CTDs and transects by an AUV, while ice production and movement will be mapped by in site measurements and buoy deployments, with support from ice tank experiments. Passive microwave, SAR, wind scatterometer and airborne data will be combined with in site data to feed a model that calculates salt flux distribution over the region. When combined with a large-scale ice-ocean model and a small -scale convection model the final package will explain the convection process and its variability under extremes of forcing.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Cambridge
Address
Silver Street
CB3 9EW Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Columbusstrasse
27568 Bremerhaven
DANISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
100,Lyngbyvej 100
2100 Koepenhagen
GREENLANDAIR INC
Denmark
Address
Nuuk Airport
3900 Nuuk
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)
France
Address
Centre De Brest
29290 Plouzane
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Localita Terlecchia - C/o Centro Di Geodesia Spazi
75100 Matera
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via P. Gobetti 101
40129 Bologna
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Waterfront Campus European Way
SO14 3ZH Southampton
NORWEGIAN POLAR INSTITUTE OF THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
Norway
Address
Hjalmar Johansens G. 14
9296 Tromsoe
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Denmark
Address
Building 348
2800 Lyngby
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Troplowitzstrasse 7
22529 Hamburg
UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND
Iceland
Address
Dunhagi 3
107 Reykjavik
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Lensfield Road
CB2 1ER Cambridge