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The function of a polynia. Deployment of moorings in Young Sund, NE Greenland


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Type of project
Project theme
Sea ice
Project topic
Climate research
Sea ice

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, North-East
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 74.257766885905, -20.092620849609

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Project details

Science / project plan

The scientific project aim is to understand how brine expelled from growing sea ice affects ocean circulation and transport of solutes and gases across the mixed layer. The project seeks to answer the following scientific questions based on laboratory experiments, numerical model tools and measurement campaigns.

  • How is brine expelled from growing sea ice affecting circulation near the sea ice – ocean interface?
  • How deep does the brine go and what is the significance for CO2 transport?
  • Does it cross the mixed layer and what are the possible interactions?
  • Are the physics of brine expulsion and ocean circulation the same under new ice, first year ice and multiyear ice, and if not, how do they differ?

In order to achieve data on this, we will deploy various equipment into the ice beneath and close to a Polynya in October to provide continuous measurements below sea ice during the winter. In the spring (May or June) we will collect the equipment again and load all data during the combined ASP field campaign to Young Sund.

Fieldwork Site: Young Sund, NE Greenland

PI: Søren Rysgaard

Project Participants: Dr. Soren Rysgaard (CEOS); Dr. Igor Dmitrenko (CEOS); Dr. Sergey Kirillov (CEOS); David Babb (CEOS); Dr. Leif Fiemenschneider (AWI); Egon Frandsen (ARC), Ivali Lennert (GCRC).

Fieldwork summary/photo blog: Link to project summary report