Title Influence of the West Spitsbergen Current on the local climate
Author Walczowski, W.; Piechura, J.
Author Affil Walczowski, W., Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oceanology, Sopot, Poland
Source International Journal of Climatology, 31(7), p.1088-1093, ; Third JCOMM workshop on Advances in marine climatology (CLIMAR-III), Gdynia, Poland, May 6-9, 2008, edited by S. Gulev. Publisher: Wiley Interscience, Chichester, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0899- 8418
Publication Date Jun. 15, 2011
Notes In English. 14 refs. GeoRef Acc. No: 310315
Index Terms climate; climatic change; ice; ocean currents; salinity; temperature; Atlantic Ocean--North Atlantic; Norwegian Sea; Arctic region--Svalbard; Arctic Ocean; Arctic region; Atlantic Ocean; climate change; climate effects; currents; heat transport; North Atlantic; sea ice; Svalbard; thermohaline circulation; water masses; West Spitsbergen Current
Abstract Oceanographic observations of the Nordic Seas show significant interannual variability of the inflowing Atlantic Water properties and currents structure. Variations of the oceanic heat advected northward with the Atlantic Water influence climate. The aim of the study was examination, how changes of the West Spitsbergen Current properties and pathways influence the local climate conditions in the Fram Strait region. Results from observations carried in the Nordic Seas by the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences in summers 2000-2007 were compared with time series of air temperature in Spitsbergen and sea ice conditions north of Spitsbergen. We conclude that the heat advected with the West Spitsbergen Current shapes local conditions mostly during the winter. The highest correlations occur between the temperature of Atlantic Water and air temperature as well as the sea ice cover in the following winter. Abstract Copyright (2011), Royal Meteorological Society.
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10.1002/joc.2338
Publication Type conference paper or compendium article
Record ID 65007248