Project Details


The European Subpolar Ocean Programme (ESOP) under the European Commission's Marine Science and Technology programme (MAST) went into it's second stage in 1996, with the start of the ESOP-2 project. The central activity of this project was the release of a tracer in the Greenland Sea Gyre at 3-400 meter depth in August 1996. Subsequent tracking of the tracer is expected to reveal information about the vertical and horizontal mixing of the water in the region, including the process of deep water formation. EMI's contribution to the project is in the study of ice formation and decay in the Arctic at large, and in the Greenland Sea in particular. This task is carried out on a daily basis using active and passive microwave observations from satellite. Our large- and medium-scale digital ice maps are used as forcing fields for the atmosphere-ice-ocean modelling work in the project. (Related projects - see:
Effective start/end date01/01/199628/02/1999

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • DHI Water - Environment - Health (Project partner)
  • Danish Meteorological Institute (Project partner)
  • Meteorological Office of Iceland (Project partner)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Project partner)
  • Centre de Spectrométrie Nucléaire et de Spectrométrie de Masse (Project partner)
  • Sorbonne Université (Project partner)
  • University of Bergen (Project partner)
  • University of Cambridge (Project partner)
  • Marine Research Institute Reykjavik (Project partner)
  • Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Project partner)
  • Institute of Marine Research (Project partner)
  • Met Office (Project partner)
  • National Research Council of Italy (Project partner)
  • University of Gothenburg (Project partner)
  • Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (Project partner)
  • Norwegian Polar Institute (Project partner)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Project partner)
  • University of Hamburg (Project partner)
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (Project partner)


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