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dc.contributor.supervisor Rysgaard, Soren (Environment & Geography) Dmitrenko, Igor (Environment & Geography) en_US
dc.contributor.author Boone, Wieter
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-26T15:00:02Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-26T15:00:02Z
dc.date.issued 2018-06-14 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2018-06-14T20:06:14Z en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/33074
dc.description.abstract The Arctic is undergoing rapid changes due to climatic changes. Studies show that the Arctic is not only warming, but also freshening, which can induce changes to the distribution and spreading pathways of freshwater and impact ecosystems. Here, we focus on the coast of Northeast Greenland, which lies along the primary outflow shelf of the Arctic Ocean. Long term mooring-arrays monitor the gateways of the East Greenland Current at Fram Strait and Denmark Strait, but seasonal and interannual variability of oceanographic conditions along the coast of Northeast Greenland and its impact on fjord hydrography are not well known. This is mainly due to costs and logistical constraints encountered when operating in such a harsh and remote environment, where sea ice hampers coastal navigation. For this thesis, we analyzed in-situ observations, including moorings, from Young Sound-Tyrolerfjord (74° N), to gain more knowledge on the seasonal and long-term response of the fjord system to local and regional processes inducing changes in oceanographic conditions in the fjord and in the coastal domain. Our results include a description of the variability in hydrography and circulation during the ice-covered period, an impact analysis of coastal freshening on the renewal of the fjord basin water, and a process study of the drivers of freshwater variability along the coast of Northeast Greenland. The results suggest that sea ice melt along the coast is a prominent driver of freshwater variability in the coastal domain, and that sea ice melt might be impacted by the recirculation of warm Atlantic Water. An increase of temperatures in the North Atlantic could induce more sea ice might melt at higher latitude and freshen the coastal waters of Northeast Greenland. This is important, as our data already shows that after strong costal freshening in the periods since 2005, fjord bottom renewal of Young Sound-Tyrolerfjord was prevented, which may affect the fjords ecosystem functions. This study was enabled by the extensive dataset from the Marin Basis Monitoring Program under the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring Program, and underlines the importance to maintain strong monitoring capacity in Northeast Greenland, to asses recent and future changes to the marine system due to climate change. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Greenland en_US
dc.subject fjord en_US
dc.subject Arctic en_US
dc.subject hydrography en_US
dc.subject mooring systems en_US
dc.subject oceanography en_US
dc.subject Arctic Science Partnership en_US
dc.title Seasonal and interannual variability of oceanographic conditions in a Northeast Greenland Fjord en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
dc.degree.discipline Environment and Geography en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Ehn, Jens (Environment & Geography) Kuzyk, Zou Zou (Geological Sciences) Kanzow, Torsten (Hemholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Alfred Wegener Institute) en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2018 en_US


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