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LTER: Palmer Antarctic Long Term Ecological Research: Looking Back in Time Through Marine Ecosystem Space: Physical Oceanography and Sea Ice Component

Lead PI: Dr. Douglas G. Martinson

Unit Affiliation: Ocean & Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

September 2008 - March 2013
Inactive
Global
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Lamont is responsible for the majority of the physical system work, including all aspects of the physical oceanography components, all aspects of the sea ice components, field program and data analysis, sea ice products analysis, and analyses of regional and hemispheric ocean-atmospheric-ice interactions based on observational and modeling studies.

OUTCOMES: Demonstrated that the Upper Circumpolar Deep Water unambiguously shows the warming of deep waters and is bringing heat to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and this current is the primary mover of heat and nutrients onto the shelf. Findings submitted to Science and presented at LDEO Open House.

SPONSOR:

Marine Biological Laboratory

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

National Science Foundation

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$366,029

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

KEYWORDS

heat content marine ecosystems climate nutrient spreading oceanography oceans sea ice ocean and climate physics