Friday, 11 October 2013

Monitoring of ocean currents to tell us more about our climate

Marine scientists in Scotland are part of an international team working on a newly funded multi-million pound project to monitor crucial ocean currents that shape Britain’s climate. The £20 million project will focus on the North Atlantic, in particular the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre—a system of ocean currents in the high latitude, deep-water basins of the North Atlantic Ocean. It will generate new knowledge and understanding of the gyre’s wider impacts on climate and will help improve long term climate predictions and weather forecasting. The project, the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP), will run for five years, and will involve scientists from seven countries, including a team at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).