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Bottom water formation and polynyas in Adelie Land, Antarctica

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Bindoff, NL and Rintoul, SR and Massom, RA (2000) Bottom water formation and polynyas in Adelie Land, Antarctica. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 133 (3). pp. 51-56. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Antarctic Bottom Water is the coldest and densest water found in the global ocean. It spreads into all the major ocean basins, carrying the cold water towards the equatorial regions, and is a central component of the global thermo-haline circulation. However, the mechanisms of bottom water formation are not well established; its geographical distribution and rate of formation have yet to be fully quantified. Polynyas, which are large persistent openings in sea-ice that form during the winter near the Antarctic Coast, playa central role in the formation or Antarctic Bottom Water. This paper describes the bottom water formation around the Antarctic continental margin with particular emphasis on the processes and mechanisms of the Adelie Land Bottom Water formation near Dumont D'Urville south of Tasmania.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 51-56
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 01:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:33
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13588
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