Navigation Links
Icy meltwater pooling in Arctic Ocean: A wild card in climate change scenarios
Date:4/5/2011

A massive, growing pool of icy meltwater in the Arctic Ocean is a wild card in future climate scenarios, European researchers said today.

Estimated in 2009 at more than 7,500 cubic km twice the volume of Africa's Lake Victoria and growing, the water could flush quickly into the Atlantic with unpredictable effect when prevailing atmospheric patterns shift, as occurred most recently in the 1960s and 1990s.

The situation is one of many disquieting findings captured by project CLAMER, a collaboration of 17 institutes in 10 European countries to inventory and synthesize the research of almost 300 EU-funded projects over 13 years related to climate change and Europe's oceans and near-shore waters, and the Baltic and Black Seas.

The full inventory and synthesis will be presented at an international conference at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Brussels, Sept. 14-15. This news release, highlighting research on climate-related physical ocean changes, will be followed in months to come by descriptions of impacts on marine life, and impacts on the economies and people of Europe.

Oceanographer Laura de Steur of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research says a mostly clockwise wind pattern for the past 12 years in the Arctic has contained largely in an area known as the Beaufort Gyre (also called the Canada Basin) a pool of relatively fresh water from unusually high river discharge and melting sea ice.

When the general atmospheric circulation pattern does shift, the fresh, cold water is expected to enter the North Atlantic, with unpredictable impact on an ocean current system important to both European weather and marine food chain. Signs of such an atmospheric shift appeared in 2009 but the episode was too short to cause a major flush.

Says Dr. de Steur: "The volume of water discharged into the Arctic Ocean, largely from Canadian and Siberian rivers, is higher than usual due to warmer temperatures
'/>"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Related biology news :

1. Office of Naval Research Supports Exercise at Arctic Test Range
2. Human impacts on the marine ecosystems of Antarctica
3. NOAA scientists find killer whales in Antarctic waters prefer weddell seals over other prey
4. Antarctic icebergs play a previously unknown role in global carbon cycle, climate
5. Lovers lane for birds found in Arctic
6. Observing Arctic ice-edge plankton blooms from space
7. Shrinking tundra, advancing forests: how the Arctic will look by centurys end
8. Scripps oceanography researchers discover arctic blooms occurring earlier
9. Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warming
10. Arctic climate variation under ancient greenhouse conditions
11. Arctic fisheries catches 75 times higher than previous reports: UBC research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/3/2014)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of a ... to their offering. This report describes ... started to play an important role in the practice of ... bone marrow transplants. Role of cells in drug discovery is ... of medical practice. Stem cells are discussed in ...
(Date:11/2/2014)... month,s issue of Physics World , James Dacey ... "valley of death" to take their innovations from the ... the gruelling challenge facing all start-up companies as they ... physicists because of two main factors: physics-based inventions are ... often turn out to be a lot more complicated ...
(Date:10/31/2014)... received two major government grants totaling nearly $28 million. ... to continue two major foci of study, one involving ... precision medicine. , The first, a combined grant from ... National Institute for Mental Health for $16.5 million, will ... CEGS. , The second grant, for $11.3 million, is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Cell Therapy - Technologies, Markets and Companies: 2014 Report 2Global Cell Therapy - Technologies, Markets and Companies: 2014 Report 3The 'valley of death' facing physics start-ups 2Transforming 'big data' into knowledge 2Transforming 'big data' into knowledge 3
... State University and Diversa Corporation have discovered that the smallest ... structure, of any independent cell - and yet it dominates ... die, and plays a huge role in the cycling of ... not always better. , In a publication today in the ...
... team of international scientists leaves today on a month-long ... of Southwest China, an extension of the great Himalayan ... a scientific and cultural journey to explore one of ... expedition begins today with a month-long exploration in China ...
... to a new analysis of more than 400 years of ... river basins. , By using data from tree rings, University ... rivers fluctuated in synchrony during periods of severe drought. The ... and covers waterways from the states of Arizona, Colorado, New ...
Cached Biology News:Microbe has huge role in ocean life, carbon cycle 2Team of international scientists departs today to discover the unknown in China's Himalayan region 2Team of international scientists departs today to discover the unknown in China's Himalayan region 3Past droughts geographically widespread in the West, according to tree-ring data 2Past droughts geographically widespread in the West, according to tree-ring data 3
(Date:11/15/2014)... The redesigned ActiGraph Link expands upon ... measurement platform with a rich feature set that ... new channels of sensor data captured by a ... Smart technology, the ActiGraph Link supports wireless heart ... ActiGraph’s cloud-based Study Admin platform, giving academic and ...
(Date:11/15/2014)... 2014 The "Operating Room Management ... by Application (Perioperative, Preoperative, operating room Scheduling), by ... - Global Forecast to 2019.” defines and segments ... and forecast of value by product, such as ... this, the value and volumes of operating room ...
(Date:11/15/2014)... LONDON , Nov. 14, 2014 Algenol Biofuels ... 6th at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ... CleanEquity Monaco is an annual invitation-only event hosted by ... investment bank. Other partners and sponsors include ... Foundation, Covington & Burling, Cranfield University, PR Newswire, the Monte-Carlo ...
(Date:11/12/2014)... November 12, 2014 The “Pen Needles ... 10mm, and 12mm), Therapy (Insulin, Growth Hormones, Glucagon-like peptide) ... & Global Forecast to 2019”analyzes and studies the major ... 101 market data tables and 51 figures spread through ... by Type (Standard and Safety), by Needle Length (4mm, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ActiGraph Launches GT9X Link Activity Monitor 2Operating Room Management Market Worth $4,551.1 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Operating Room Management Market Worth $4,551.1 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Operating Room Management Market Worth $4,551.1 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Algenol Biofuels Selected to Present at CleanEquity Monaco 2015 2Pen Needles Market worth $2,105 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Pen Needles Market worth $2,105 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Pen Needles Market worth $2,105 Million by 2019 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4
... Generex Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: GNBT, www.generex.com ) announced ... to the Company and a member of the Company,s ... of the reverse stock split proposal being considered at ... "Having been intimately involved in the drug development world ...
... remote wave sensing by a team of Rensselaer Polytechnic ... chemical, biological agents and illegal drugs from a distance ... terahertz (THz) wave technology, has great potential for homeland ... clothing and packaging materials and can identify immediately the ...
... Recently, academic debate has been swirling around the existence ... of phenomena, including photosynthesis, the process by which organisms ... suggested that entanglement (the quantum interconnection of two or ... separated in physical space) could be occurring in the ...
Cached Biology Technology:Generex Provides Additional Reverse Stock Split Information for the Consideration of Stockholders 2Generex Provides Additional Reverse Stock Split Information for the Consideration of Stockholders 3Generex Provides Additional Reverse Stock Split Information for the Consideration of Stockholders 4A revolutionary breakthrough in terahertz remote sensing 2
All serum is collected from adult animals aged 6 months or older. Certified U.S. orgin. Pricing: $35/unit for 1 - 10 units...
3'-O-Methylguanosine 5'-Triphosphate, Sodium, 1 umol. Category: Nucleotides & Enzymes & Biochemicals, Nucleotides, Additional Nucleotide Products....
Porcine Serum Available Anticoagulants: N-02: Citrate N-04: Heparin (Na) N-06: K2EDTA N-08: Potassium Oxalate N-10: EDTA (Na) N-03: Alsevers N-05: ACD N-07: CPD N-09: K3EDTA N-11...
... adult normal paraffin tissue array is ... proteins of interest in extensive panels ... Rat brain, heart, kidney, liver, lung, ... arrayed on positively charged glass slide. ...
Biology Products: