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


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