Polar Seas Oceanography

An integrated case study of the Kara Sea

Vladimir A. Volkov, Ola M. Johannessen, Victor E. Borodachev, Gennadiy N. Voinov, Lasse H. Pettersson, Leonid P. Bobylev and Alexei V. Kouraev

Polar Seas Oceanography The Kara Sea of the Russian Arctic, with its unique oceanographic regime, is a site of major scientific and commercial importance. Global climate change, transport and spread of radionuclides and other pollutants, and the exploration and exploitation of its rich natural resources are all important issues.

Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive study of this Polar sea, based on in situ data, satellite remote sensing and numerical sea modelling. It includes the results of much previously-unpublished research carried out over the past decade, and an analysis of the results of many studies carried out during the last century.The book describes the oceanographic regime, including river discharge, study of water dynamics, the transport of pollutants and results of numerical model simulations. One issue specifically addressed is the shrinking of the sea ice because, as a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, the Kara Sea is expected to provide an early warning of the enhanced high latitude impact of global climate change processes.

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Extent: 496 pages, including 12-page colour section
Binding: hardback
Publication Date: May 2002
ISBN: 978-3-540-42969-2

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