External Organisations

  • Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • DHI, Denmark
  • Faroe Research Institute, Faroe Islands
  • University of Copenhagen2, Denmark

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Climate change is most pronounced at high latitudes, with rapid and dramatic changes observed in sea-ice coverage, circulation and the ecosystem. These changes have profound effects both at the regional scale as well as globally. The North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean are the headwaters of the thermohaline circulation (THC), the global heat engine responsible, amongst other things, for the relatively mild climate we experience in Denmark. Subtle change in sea-ice formation, deep water circulation, and freshwater supply on a relatively local scale will have repercussions around the world. More subtle still are the feed-back controls these processes have on climate change. Sea-ice coverage and the earth’s albedo is one feed-back, but there is also the draw down and sequestering of atmospheric CO2 in deep waters by physical and biological processes. The whole is an intricate weave of interrelated mechanisms: the scientific challenge is to draw together expertise across disciplines to address these issues; the strategic outcome is a suite of knowledge-based tools that will reduce the uncertainty and contribute to climate policies. The NAACOS team includes a number of well-recognized scientists with profound experience and a significant international collaboration. NAACOS will develop and refine oceanographic models using remote sensing and observations to evaluate the impact of high latitude climate change on circulation, deep water formation, sea-ice and carbon flux, and their implications at regional scales.

The project is coordinated by DTU Aqua.
StatusCurrent
Period01/01/1131/12/14

Keywords

  • Research area: Oceanography and Climate
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