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Arctic/Sub-arctic Ocean Fluxes West (ASOF-W) Data Set (2002-2005)

Data holding centreMarine Research Institute
CountryIceland  Iceland
ProjectHydrographic conditions in Icelandic waters
Time period2002-2005
Geographical area

Irminger Sea, Iceland to Greenland section (section along 64° 20minN), Denmark Strait (ADCP current meter)


Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Partial pressure (pCO2) and fugacity (fCO2) of carbon dioxide in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Horizontal velocity of the water column (currents); Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Total dissolved inorganic carbon (TCO2) concentration in the water column; Temperature of the water column


Current profilers; CTD; discrete water samplers


ASOF aims to measure and model the variability of fluxes between the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean with the view to implementing a longer-term system of critical measurements needed to understand the high-latitude ocean's steering role in decadal climate variability. ASOF's domain is structured around six main regional tasks intended to meet the ASOF goal of measuring the key ocean exchanges between the Arctic Ocean and Subarctic Seas and their impact both on the overturning circulation of the Northern North Atlantic and the Water Cycle. A 7th modelling task will provide the necessary link between the regional tasks. ASOF is an element of inter-SEARCH (International Study of Environmental Arctic Change) and an endorsed project of CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability Study). The MRI data set includes CTD, nutrients, carbon dioxide, CFC and ADCP measurements.

OriginatorsMarine Research Institute
Data web site
OrganisationMarine Research Institute
ContactHedinn Valdimarsson

Marine Research Institute
Skulagata 4 P.O.Box 1390


Telephone+354 575 2000
Facsimile+354 575 2001
Collating centreMarine Research Institute
Local identifier16001007
Global identifier1416
Last revised2009-01-28