Hydrodynamic modeling of Canadian Arctic archipelago and Baffin Bay

Summary

The project aim is to gain a deeper insight in the flow dynamics of Canadian Arctic and Baffin Bay. The Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA) is a complex area formed by narrow straits and islands in the Arctic. It is an important pathway for tidal energy exchange, freshwater, and sea-ice transport from the Arctic Ocean to the Labrador Sea and ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean. The flux of freshwater through the CAA plays an important role in the local freshwater budget of the Arctic and North Atlantic and may play an important role in convective processes in the Labrador Sea. Changes in the circulation of freshened seawater and ice can significantly affect the distribution of sea-ice in the Arctic, recirculation of the surface waters and freshwater fluxes around Greenland as well as the strength of ocean circulation in the Atlantic and, therefore, have the potential to influence both regional and global climate.

Our ultimate goal is to develop high resolution regional coupled ice-ocean-wave model which accurately simulate mass, heat and salt transports, correctly reproduces tidal wave dynamics, capture the complex tidal structure, resolve residual currents and tide-induced water transports along the coast and in the narrow straights.

Details

Project number

16254

Main applicant

Dr. O.S. Kleptsova

Affiliated with

Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculteit Civiele Techniek en Geowetenschappen, Afdeling Hydraulic Engineering

Duration

21/12/2017 to 01/06/2018