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Geophysical Oceanography? a new tool to understand the thermal structure and dynamics of oceans

Carbonell, R.; Artale, V.; Geli, L.; Gutscher, M.; Hobbs, R.; Huthnance, J.; Matias, L.; Reston, T.. 2006 Geophysical Oceanography? a new tool to understand the thermal structure and dynamics of oceans. [Other] In: 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, 20-24 February 2006. OS16G-03 [Abstracts].

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Abstract/Summary

This pioneering project is the first dedicated EU project to address this novel research area that will ultimately bring the spatial resolution of the sub-surface seismic image, as used by the hydrocarbons industry, to address problems in oceanography. The project places demands on both sides: for the geophysicists, proving how the observed reflections are linked to boundaries in the water column; for the oceanographer, being able to build models and interpret data on the 10 m scale rather than the 1 km scale; and together, understanding how a 2-D snapshot of the 3-D ocean structure can be interpreted and translated into understanding of the dynamics of heat and mass transfer. A major goal will be providing the confidence to use legacy seismic data collected for academic research and hydrocarbon exploitation for understanding ocean processes. The project will: 1.produce a joint interpretation from a combined calibration experiment with the simultaneous collection of both seismic and oceanographic data in the Gulf of Cadiz; 2.build models based on oceanographic research and compute synthetic seismic data to test strategies; 3.explore novel methods to use seismic data to understand processes involved in ocean mixing including internal waves and interaction with continental slopes; 4.provide new data for research into oceanic mixing processes; 5.establish research expertise in the EU at centres of excellence that can be used for training and exploitation of this new opportunity and that can compete with non-EU laboratories; 6.provide new tools to aid monitoring ocean circulation and heat transport which are important to climate change and its implications for weather patterns in Europe, and in controlling the marine ecosystem.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Other)
Programmes: Oceans 2025 > Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
ISSN: 0096-3941
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: CD-ROM, 4 3/4 in.
Additional Keywords: REMOTE SENSING; ELECTROMAGNETIC PROCESSES; OCEAN OBSERVATORIES; INSTRUMENTS AND TECHNIQUES; FINE STRUCTURE MICROSTRUCTURE; OCEAN TEMPERATURE; DYNAMICS; MARINE SEISMICS;
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 20 Oct 2008 11:46
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2078

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