CLIVAMP is a research programme whose objective is to
investigate the long term variations of the thermohaline circulation of the Mediterranean Sea for time scales ranging from interannual up to changes during ice ages. CLIVAMP will thus study the different states of the Mediterranean Sea during the past, its paleo.circulation and the processes affecting the ventilation and the overturning of the water masses.
The CLIVAMP strategy is based on an integrated approach involving theoretical studies, numerical modelling and interpretation of transient tracer and paleooceanographic observations.
The CLIVAMP proposal is divided into four major tasks:
1) Evidence and interpretation of past circulation and forcing ; 2) Modelling of externally forced circulation variations ;
3) Internal variations in thermohaline circulation and stability ; 4) Towards an assessment of paleo-oceanographic circulation scenarios. CLIVAMP will contribute to understanding the mechanisms of the Mediterranean thermohaline circulation and consequently those of the global conveyor belt. CLIVAMP will assess the possiblity of detecting climatic signature in the Mediterranean Sea.
CLIVAMP will benefit and enhance the observations taken during other EC supported programmes such as PALEOFLUX,EUROMARGE and MTP II.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
06238 Villefranche Sur Mer
15784 Zographos, Athens
L69 3BX Liverpool
EH9 3JZ Edinburgh
SO14 3ZH Southampton