Physical Oceanography


Overturning in the Nordic Seas

Main objectives: The overturning that takes place within the Nordic Seas
impacts the world ocean and is of key importance for the North Atlantic
climate system. Warm Gulf Stream-origin waters flow northward across the
Greenland-Scotland Ridge into the Nordic Seas, release heat to the
atmosphere, and are transformed into cold, dense waters. These waters
return southward at depth by flowing through gaps in the ridge as overflow
plumes. The aim of the OVENS project is to fundamentally advance our
understanding of the coupled ocean-atmosphere climate system in the Nordic
Seas and to integrate and quantify this insight within the framework of the
Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in the present and future

Funding: Trond Mohn Foundation

Project period: 2016 - 2020

Project coordinator: Kjetil VĂ¥ge