Searching for dense water cascades in the Arctic Ocean
The RV Jan Mayen research cruise, which has been contributed to by a team of experts from the GRC-CM Marine Geosciences group at the University of Barcelona, is aimed at studying the phenomenon of dense water cascading and its relationship with climate change in an area to the west of the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Circle.
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#1 Oct 3, 2010
This may be VERY important research due to two factors.
One is that the Arctic receives about 80% of its energy from further south so anything that affects currents will have a major effect.
And the other is that previous 'ice free warm periods' had 'stratification' of a relatively fresh water over a saline bottom which may re-occur as the ice cover is removed.
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