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Data set name

Tracer and Circulation in The Nordic Seas Region (TRACTOR) data set

Data holding centreInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
CountryDenmark  Denmark
Time period2001 to 2004
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Greenland and Norwegian Seas

Observations 
Parameters

Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column

Instruments

CTD

Description 
Summary

The ICES Oceanographic Data Centre acted as data centre for the TRACTOR projector. TRACTOR was designed to: 1) describe and quantify the present circulation and water mass transformation processes in the Nordic Seas regions using primarily observations of the long term spread of a tracer purposefully released into the Greenland Sea Gyre in 1996. 2) Improve our understanding of ocean processes critical to the thermohaline circulation in the Nordic Seas regions so as to be able to predict how this region may respond to climate change. 3) Assess the role of mixing and ageing of water masses on the carbon transport and the role of the thermohaline circulation in carbon storage using water transports and mixing coefficients derived from the tracer distribution. Data set is relatively small - ca 500 stations, 20 cruises.

OriginatorsInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Data web sitehttp://ocean.ices.dk/HydChem/HydChem.aspx?plot=yes
Availability 
OrganisationInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
AvailabilityLicence
ContactNot supplied (General Secretary)
Address

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 44-46
Copenhagen V

DK-1553
Denmark

Telephone0045 3338 6700
Facsimile+45 3393 4215
Emailinfo@ices.dk
Administration 
Collating centreInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Local identifier7001022
Global identifier1440
Last revised2009-02-19