Trying to understand and model the ecosystem development or future climate without understanding the basic physical controls can be compared to driving a car without knowing how the steering, throttle, and brakes function; even if you had a good overview of the road ahead you wouldn’t know at what speed and in what direction your car would move.
The Barents Sea is a significant gateway with inflow of Atlantic Water from the south and Arctic Water from the rapidly changing Arctic Ocean. A firm understanding of the physical climate system in this region is a fundamental building block for sustainable management, and prognostic models for the Barents Sea and adjacent Arctic. This is exactly what Research Foci (RF1) wants to explore and understand.
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