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RAPID Circulation Overflow and Deep Convection Studies in the Nordic Seas Tracers and Models data

Status: Not defined
Publication State: published

Abstract

"The Circulation, overflow, and deep convection studies in the Nordic Seas using tracers and models" project was a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) RAPID Climate Change Research Programme project (Round 1 - NER/T/S/2002/00446 - Duration 1 Aug 2003 - 31 Oct 2006 ) led by Prof Andrew Watson of the University of East Anglia, also with co-investigators at the University of East Anglia. Dataset contains sources of water in the Greenland-Scotland overflows: recent tracer release and transient tracer observations, as well as the initiation of convection and its relation to submesoscale hydrodynamics.

This dataset collection contains MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm) ocean model basin and channel experiment outputs.

The project investigated two aspects of the Nordic Seas circulation of importance to the North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC): (1) Sources of water in the Greenland-Scotland overflows: recent tracer release and transient tracer observations were used to constrain inverse models of the sources of Denmark Straits and Faroe-Bank channel overflow waters. (2) The initiation of convection and its relation to submesoscale hydrodynamics: very high-resolution non-hydrostatic models for the Central Greenland Sea were used to model recent observations, which show convection to be intimately related to local sub-mesoscale structure.: The objective was to develop improved descriptions of convection for use in OGCMs, to more accurately describe how the sinking branch of the MOC will be affected by changes in forcing.

Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) was a £20 million, six-year (2001-2007) programme for the Natural Environment Research Council. The programme aimed to improve the ability to quantify the probability and magnitude of future rapid change in climate, with a main (but not exclusive) focus on the role of the Atlantic Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation.

Citable as:Natural Environment Research Council; Watson, A.; et. al (2008): RAPID Circulation Overflow and Deep Convection Studies in the Nordic Seas Tracers and Models data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation. http://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/288e7f31d5ca03cca85e3309c632eeaa
Abbreviation: rapid_nordic_seas
Keywords: RAPID, Climate change, Nordic Sea

Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
2003-08-01T00:00:00
End time:
2006-10-31T00:00:00
Geographic Extent

 
90.0000°
 
-180.0000°
 
180.0000°
 
-90.0000°