Servizio Comunitario di Informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo - CORDIS

Salinity time series and freshwater fluxes on the SE-Greenland shelf

The freshwater flux from the Arctic reservoir of ice and freshwater to the North Atlantic is key to the ocean role for the European climate. The shelf off SE-Greenland is a critical location for time-series measurements of this flux. This project has managed for the first time continuous salinity and temperature measurements in the gradient layer underneath the seasonal ice cover by employing sensors protected against ice-damage by means of bouyant tubes. In combination with water transport estimates the freshwater flux over the shelf at 63° N was found to amount to 2000 km³/year. This number was embedded in a revised map of freshwater fluxes for the Arctic and Subarctic Seas.

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University of Hamburg
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