Why do we need to understand the physical controls and drivers of the Arctic Oceans?

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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