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Circulation and exchange processes at the entrance to Godthåbsfjord


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Type of project
Project theme
Ocean & fiord systems
Project topic
Climate research

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, South-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 64.141955025404, -51.876411437988

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Science / project plan

The project will make the first measurements of the exchange of heat, water and salinity at the entrance to Godthåbsfjord. Continuous measurements will be obtained by deploying moorings off Godthåbsfjord in the relatively shallow shelf area together with hydrographic sections made across the shelf. These measurements will determine the seasonal variation of coastal water masses and their role in the formation of the intermediate water masses in the fjord. We know that dense coastal inflows are important for the renewal of the Bottom Water mass in the fjord, but the actual processes generating these inflows are less well understood. The continuous measurements in the project will therefore contribute to our understanding of the nature of these events, and whether these are specific for Godthåbsfjord or are of general nature.

The cruise will be used to present recent oceanographic data and ideas with subsequent fruitful discussion on processes controlling the coast-fjord exchange and in addition the oceanographic conditions in West Greenland waters and Baffin Bay.

Site: Sanna cruise in Godthaabsfjorden, Greenland

PI: Søren Rysgaard

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