Timeseries of Polar Water properties in Fram Strait

  • Holfort J
  • Hansen E
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Abstract

Timeseries of temperature and salinity of Polar Water in the East
Greenland Current (EGC) and on the East Greenland shelf at 79 degrees N
are presented. The observations in the EGC are made in the 45 - 74 dbar
layer carrying liquid freshwater from the Arctic Ocean to subarctic
seas. The properties on the outer fringe of the EGC are dominated by
shifts of the position of the East Greenland Front (EGF). In the inner
part of the EGC and on the shelf the seasonal cycle of the properties
are dominated by the annual cycle of sea ice freezing and melting.
Comparing the observations with the World Ocean Atlas (WOA) and other
climatologies demonstrates that the climatologies in the EGC and on the
shelf at 79 degrees N are poor due to poor data coverage.

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Authors

  • Jürgen Holfort

  • Edmond Hansen

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