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Oceanographic observations at the Amundsen sea shelf break

Jenkins, Adrian; Hayes, Dan; Brandon, Mark; Pozzi-Walker, Ziggy; Hardy, Sarah and Banks, Christopher (2004). Oceanographic observations at the Amundsen sea shelf break. In: 17th International Workshop of the Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP), 17-18 June 2003, Cambridge, England, UK.

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Abstract

Introduction:
The continental shelf environment of the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas differs markedly from that of the other circumpolar seas, where water temperatures are close to the surface freezing point throughout. In the Amundsen/Bellingshausen sector near-freezing temperatures are encountered only in the upper few hundred metres of the water column. Below this surface layer a broad thermocline trends towards upper Circumpolar Deep Water (uCDW), which is found in a form that is almost unmodified from its off-shelf manifestation (Giulivi and Jacobs, 1996). This means that the ice shelves of the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas experience ocean temperatures some three degrees warmer than those experienced by the other Antarctic ice shelves, and the rates of basal melting are correspondingly high (Jacobs et al., 1996).

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Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 36284
Depositing User: Mark Brandon
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 16:01
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 18:18
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36284
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