Norwegian Polar Institute
University of Bergen
The Barents Sea is an important gateway between the North Atlantic and the central Arctic Ocean, 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 for prognostic models for the Barents Sea and adjacent Arctic.
The ‘Physical drivers’ work package investigates how the northern Barents Sea is influenced by different water masses, and how local physical processes redistribute and modify the forcing from adjacent areas. The work package is a fundamental part of the Nansen Legacy, since a thorough understanding of the physical control on transports and redistribution of energy and matter is needed to understand the environmental conditions for the present ecosystem as well as distribution of pollutants and ocean acidification.