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Greenland arctic shelf ice and climate experiment

Objective

A radical change occurred a decade ago in Arctic atmospheric circulation. Associated with a reversal of the Arctic Oscillation (AO). This resulted in changes of sea ice motion and characteristics, most manifest in the critical region north of Greenland. GreenICE takes advantage of winter ice camps in this region. Seabed sediment cores will map the climatic record, and a multilevel study of sea ice - in situ thickness and roughness measurements; buoys for ice dynamics, and satellite coverage - will be performed. An existing sea ice model will be improved and used to extend regional results to basin scales. The aim is to form a complete picture of ice response to an AO reversal, matching this to concurrent climate change. By reference to the regional climatic record for the past 2000+ years, we thus aim to understand the nature and magnitude of Arctic sea ice response to observed climate variability.

Coordinator

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE

Address

Dunbeg
Pa37 1qa Oban

United Kingdom

Participants (5)

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ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH

Germany

DANISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Denmark

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF DENMARK AND GREENLAND

Denmark

NATIONAL SURVEY AND CADASTRE

Denmark

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2002-00156

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    31 May 2006

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 426 334

  • EU contribution

    € 1 842 255

Coordinated by:

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE

United Kingdom

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