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A Cooperative European Investigation of the North-East Atlantic Water Mass Circulation

Objective



Neutrally buoyant floats will be used to investigate the circulation at the levels (typically 1000m and 1800m) of the Mediterranean and Labrador Sea water masses in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean between 30 and 600N and between the west European continental margin and 300W. The floats will be acoustically tracked and will be of two types - ALFOS (in which acoustic tracking data is relayed back via satellite at regular intervals throughout the float life) and RAFOS (in which tracking data are only retrieved at the end of the float life)
The float data will be used to study possible interactions between the circulation at the two float levels and to compute the eddy statistics of the circulation in the area. The results will be compared with similar statistics computed from state-of-the art ocean circulation models of the North Atlantic.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NERC Institute of Oceanographic Sciences
Address
Deacon Laboratory Brook Road Wormley
GU8 5UB Godalming
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Ainco-Interocean "Asociacion Internacional Investgacion Oceanografica MedioAmbiente"
Spain
Address
11,Costa Rica
28016 Madrid
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany
Address
Duesternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Bedford Street North
L69 3BX Liverpool
UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE
France
Address
Place Nicolas Copernic
29285 Brest