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Tracer and circulation in the nordic seas region (TRACTOR)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2000-00080

  • Start date

    1 February 2001

  • End date

    31 January 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 342 632

  • EU contribution

    € 1 887 530

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN

Norway

Objective

In the proposed project, special focus will be placed on gaining information that can improve, test and validate ocean general circulation models for the North Atlantic Current system, the North Atlantic sub-polar gyre, the Nordic Seas, and the Eurasian part of the Arctic Basin. In the next years we have a unique opportunity to do this by utilising the deliberate release of SF6 tracer to the convective gyre of the Greenland Sea in 1996. A large portion of the tracer still resides in the gyre and some is at the time of writing in transit to the other ocean basins (Norwegian Sea, Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic). Since we know the initial conditions, we have the possibility to quantify a number of important parameters and test these model results by direct comparisons with these unique observations.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN

Address

Allegt. 70
5007 Bergen

Norway

Participants (6)

GOETEBORG UNIVERSITY

Sweden

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE SEA

Denmark

NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER

Norway

NORWEGIAN POLAR INSTITUTE OF THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

Norway

THE MARINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ICELAND

Iceland

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2000-00080

  • Start date

    1 February 2001

  • End date

    31 January 2004

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 342 632

  • EU contribution

    € 1 887 530

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN

Norway