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Elin Darelius

Associate Professor
  • E-mailElin.Darelius@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 25 99+47 980 83 368
  • Visitor Address
    Allég. 70
    Midtbygget, 123
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 BERGEN

The contribution of West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt to sea level rise is identified as the largest source of uncertainty in the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Nearly all the ice sheets in Antarctica terminate on the ice shelves (the floating extensions of the ice sheets) and ice shelf-ocean interaction is one of the most, if not the most, important scientific questions, when seeking to deliver a reliable projection of future sea-level rise. Thinning of ice shelves will reduce the restraints on the flow of grounded ice sheets upstream, thereby increasing the ice sheets’ contribution to sea-level rise. Many of the ice shelves in Antarctica have been thinning with accelerating rates, and the thinning is tightly coupled to increased oceanic heat fluxes.  Despite its importance, the dynamics governing the flow of warm water towards and into the ice shelf cavities are poorly understood and poorly represented in climate models.

I'm involved in projects aiming to quantify and better understand the oceanic heatflux towards Antarctic ice shelves. My work is mainly based on observations and focuses on the Weddell and the Amundsen Sea. 

Me and my collaborators blog about our scientific adventures here: https://skolelab.uib.no/blogg/darelius

GEOF337 and GEOF232: Responsible for fieldwork (Spring 2017)

Journal articles
  • Daae, Kjersti; Hattermann, Tore; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Fer, Ilker. 2017. On the effect of topography and wind on warm water inflow— An idealized study of the southern Weddell Sea continental shelf system. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. 122: 2622-2641. doi: 10.1002/2016JC012541
  • Hansen, Bogi; Turid, Poulsen; Larsen, Karin Margretha Húsgarð; Hátún, Hjálmar; Østerhus, Svein; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Berx, Barbara; Quadfasel, Detlef; Jochumsen, Kerstin. 2017. Atlantic water flow through the Faroese Channels Bogi. Ocean Science. 13: 873-888. doi: 10.5194/os-13-873-2017
  • Ryan, Svenja; Hattermann, Tore; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Schröder, Michael. 2017. Seasonal cycle of hydrography on the eastern shelf of the Filchner Trough, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. 122: 6437-6453. doi: 10.1002/2017JC012916
  • Semper, Stefanie; Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2017. Seasonal resonance of diurnal coastal trapped waves in the southern Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Ocean Science. 13: 77-93. doi: 10.5194/os-13-77-2017
  • Berntsen, Jarle; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Avlesen, Helge. 2016. Gravity currents down canyons: effects of rotation. Ocean Dynamics. 66: 1353-1378. doi: 10.1007/s10236-016-0981-8
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Fer, Ilker; Nicholls, Keith W. 2016. Observed vulnerability of Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf to wind-driven inflow of warm deep water. Nature Communications. 7:12300. Published 2016-08-02. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12300
  • Fer, Ilker; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Daae, Kjersti Birkeland. 2016. Observations of energetic turbulence on the Weddell Sea continental slope. Geophysical Research Letters. 43: 760-766. doi: 10.1002/2015GL067349
  • Semper, Stefanie; Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2016. Seasonal resonance of diurnal continental shelf waves in the southern Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Ocean Science Discussions (OSD). doi: 10.5194/os-2016-36
  • Ullgren, Jenny; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Fer, Ilker. 2016. Volume transport and mixing of the Faroe Bank Channel overflow from one year of moored measurements. Ocean Science. 12: 451-470. doi: 10.5194/os-12-451-2016
  • Wåhlin, Anna K.; Kalén, Ola; Assmann, Karen Margarete; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Ha, Ho Kyung; Kim, Tae Wan; Lee, Sang Hoon. 2016. Subinertial oscillations on the Amundsen Sea Shelf, Antarctica. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 46: 2573-2582. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0257.1
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Fer, Ilker; Rasmussen, Till; Guo, Chuncheng; Larsen, Karen M.H. 2015. On the modulation of the periodicity of the Faroe Bank Channel overflow instabilities. Ocean Science. 11: 855-871. doi: 10.5194/os-11-855-2015
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Langebroek, Petra. 2015. Havets hemmeligheter. Bergens Tidende. 14-15. Published 2015-09-13.
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2014. Antarktis: inlandsis, shelf is och stigande havsnivå. Naturen. 6.
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Makinson, Keith; Daae, Kjersti Birkeland; Fer, Ilker; Holland, Paul R.; Nicholls, Keith W. 2014. Hydrography and circulation in the Filchner Depression, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. 119: 5797-5814. doi: 10.1002/2014JC010225
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Strand, Kjersti Opstad; Østerhus, Svein; Gammelsrød, Tor; Årthun, Marius; Fer, Ilker. 2014. On the seasonal signal of the Filchner overflow, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 44: 1230-1243. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-13-0180.1
  • Guo, Chuncheng; Ilicak, Mehmet; Fer, Ilker; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Bentsen, Mats. 2014. Baroclinic instability of the Faroe Bank Channel overflow. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 44: 2698-2717. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0080.1
  • Ullgren, Jenny; Fer, Ilker; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Beaird, Nicholas. 2014. Interaction of the Faroe Bank Channel overflow with Iceland Basin intermediate waters. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences. 119: 228-240. doi: 10.1002/2013JC009437
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Ullgren, Jenny; Fer, Ilker. 2013. Observations of barotropic oscillations and their influence on mixing in the Faroe bank channel overflow region. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 43: 1525-1532. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-13-059.1
  • Jensen, Mari Fjalstad; Fer, Ilker; Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2013. Low-frequency variability on the continental slope of the southern Weddell Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. 118: 4256-4272. doi: 10.1002/jgrc.20309
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Fer, Ilker; Quadfasel, Detlef. 2011. Faroe Bank Channel Overflow: Mesoscale Variability. Journal of Physical Oceanography. 41: 2137-2154. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-11-035.1
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Smedsrud, Lars Henrik; Østerhus, Svein; Foldvik, Arne; Gammelsrød, Tor. 2009. Structure and variability of the Filchner overflow plume. Tellus. Series A, Dynamic meteorology and oceanography. 61: 446-464. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0870.2009.00391.x
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2008. Topographic steering of dense overflows: Laboratory experiments with V-shaped ridges and canyons. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 55: 1021-1034. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2008.04.008
  • Wåhlin, Anna K.; Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Cenedese, Claudia; Lane-Serff, Gregory F. 2008. Laboratory observations of enhanced entrainment in dense overflows in the presence of submarine canyons and ridges. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 55: 737-750. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2008.02.007
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K.; Wåhlin, A. 2007. Downward flow of dense water leaning on a submarine ridge. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 54: 1173-1188. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2007.04.007
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2006. Det stora blå. AKA. 25. Published 2006-04-05.
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2005. Antarktis ger liv åt världshaven. Svenska dagbladet. Published 2005-09-18.
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2005. Ovädren blir kraftigare när världen blir varmare. Svenska dagbladet. Published 2005-09-04.
Reports and theses
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2007. On the influence of small-scale topography on dense overflow plumes, with a special focus on the Filchner Overflow Plume.
  • Darelius, Elin Maria K. 2003. Circulation and Water Mass Formation in an Arctic Fjord.

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TOBACO: Topographic Barriers Controlling Warm Water Inflow and Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting (NFR)

LoTUS - WEDDELL: Installation and testing of autonomous bottom temperature recording buoys on the continental shelf in the Weddell Sea (UiB)

WARM: Inflow of Warm Deep Water onto the Antarctic Continental Shelves (NFR)

FRIS-OBS: Observing the sub-ice shelf circulation and the outflow of dense Ice Shelf Water from the Filchner-Ronne Ice shelf (NFR)

Topographic barriers and warm ocean currents controllingAntarctic ice shelf melting (EU - Hydralab+)