CONVECTION

Greenland Sea Convection Mechanisms and their Climatic Implications.

DTU Space contributes to this project with scatterometer signatures of various stages of frazil and pancake ice formation. The Institute also produces daily brightness temperature maps for the Greenland Sea area derived for dates covering the period 1978-2003. DTU Space also provides implementation and application of an improved salt-flux ice-model.

 

The main objective of CONVECTION (Greenland Sea Convection Mechanisms and their Climatic Implications) is to determine to what extent open ocean deep water production can be assessed by a combination of operational remote sensing, modeling, and a modest amount of field measurements. We seek to understand the physics underlying the convection process and how this process links with global climatic factors. 

 

DTU's contribution consists of three parts: 

  1. Scatterometer signatures of various stages of frazil and pancake ice formation.
  2. Production of daily brightness temperature maps for the Greenland Sea area from SMMR and SSM/I passive microwave data covering the period 1978-2003
  3. Implementation and application of improved salt-flux ice-model