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Intrusion of Circumpolar Deep Water over the continental shelf in the central Amundsen Sea

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Title
Intrusion of Circumpolar Deep Water over the continental shelf in the central Amundsen Sea
Other Titles
아문젠해역으로 유입되는 남극순환류.
Authors
Lee, Jae-Hak
Kim, Tae-Wan
A. Wahlin
Ha, Ho Kyung
Lee, Sang H.
Keywords
Amundsen Sea; CDW
Issue Date
2012
Citation
Lee, Jae-Hak, et al. 2012. Intrusion of Circumpolar Deep Water over the continental shelf in the central Amundsen Sea. 2012 SCAR Open Science Meeting.. 2012 SCAR Open Science Meeting. 2012.11.23~.
Abstract
The Amundsen Sea sector is the most rapidly changing region of the Antarctic ice sheets. It has been claimed that the rapid retreat of the glaciers (or ice sheets) is primarily related to the intrusion of warm Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW) which acts as an oceanic heat source. The Amundsen shelf troughs were suspected to be main conduits supplying warm CDW onto the continental shelf, eroding the underside of the ice sheets and glaciers. Despite the critical role of CDW in the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea, vital information is still lacking concerning the spatial-temporal variability of CDW. This is mainly because the Amundsen Sea is remotely located and the harsh weather and sea conditions limit the access to its inner shelf. This pronounced lack of data hinders the evaluation and prediction of physical processes and associated biogeochemical processes in the Amundsen Sea. Using the icebreaker R/V Araon, a multi-disciplinary scientific cruise was conducted between December, 2010 and January, 2011 to reveal the spatial distribution of CDW on the Amundsen shelf. During the expedition, total 30 CTD stations were visited. Warm CDW occupied a large volume seaward of the continental slope. During the transport onto the continental shelf it is modified by subsurface melting processes and interaction with Antarctic Surface Water into a fresher and colder water mass, Modified CDW (MCDW). Two crW) which acts as an oceanic heat source. The Amundsen shelf troughs were suspected to be main conduits supplying warm CDW onto the continental shelf, eroding the underside of the ice sheets and glaciers. Despite the critical role of CDW in the continental shelf of the Amundsen Sea, vital information is still lacking concerning the spatial-temporal variability of CDW. This is mainly because the Amundsen Sea is remotely located and the harsh weather and sea conditions limit the access to its inner shelf. This pronounced lack of data hinders the e
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http://repository.kopri.re.kr/handle/201206/8383
Conference Name
2012 SCAR Open Science Meeting.
Conference Place
2012 SCAR Open Science Meeting
Conference Date
2012.11.23~
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