Quantify the seasonally evolving magnitude and variability of air-sea fluxes. Determine their dependence on MIZ concentration and use this to develop new estimates of net surface heat flux from satellite ice cover observations
Produce harmonised cruise-based ocean observation dataset from the Southern Weddell Sea
Produce harmonised mooring-based ocean observation dataset from the Southern Weddell Sea
Identify and contrast roles of baroclinic vs barotropic variability in Weddell Gyre dense water circulation.
Identify anomalies in gyre scale dense water circulation/properties and link with changes in surface forcing and sea-ice extent.
Construct a dynamical framework explaining the large-scale response of Weddell Gyre dense water formation, circulation and export that is consistent with a regional synthesis of observations and identify the impact model setup has on gyre dynamics.
Observations of Polynya Processes. First-of-akind observations of the full range of processes determining the occurrence of the Weddell Polynya.
Assessment of Polynya Processes. Assessment of key processes controlling the Polynya’s lifecycle from observations.
High-Resolution Model of Maud Rise Region. Design and construction of a regional, highresolution model of the Maud Rise area to capture the dynamical interactions between the mean circulation, (sub-)mesoscale turbulence and stratification that regulate the opening and persistence of Polynyas.
Mechanistic Synthesis of Polynya Lifecycle. Mechanistic synthesis of the Polynya’s lifecycle from observations and high-resolution simulations.
Roadmap for Model Representation of Polynyas. Definition of roadmap for the realistic representation of Polynya events in climatescale ocean models and ocean reanalyses.
Assessment of Large-Scale Polynya Impacts. Assessment of the impacts of Polynya events on the large-scale ocean circulation of the Weddell Gyre and wider Southern Ocean, from observations and a European-funded ocean reanalysis.
Design of project visual identity and branding material, and social media profiles
Creation of project website
Dissemination and communication plan (v.1.0)
Dissemination and communication plan (v.2.0)
Dissemination and communication plan (v.3.0)
Summary report, and material produced from skill-building workshop for early career researchers
White Paper summarising results from SO-CHIC science workshop
Final Project Booklet
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