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IPY Activity #687

The Circumpolar Flaw Lead system (CFL)


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Activity leaders
David Barber, Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), University of Manitoba

ArcOD cluster participant
Connie Lovejoy, University of Laval, Quebec City, Canada,

Project goals
This study with its three integrated themes: a) an observatory, b) a field study, and c) a modeling study will integrate a series of testable hypotheses designed to examine the importance of climate processes which are changing the nature of the flaw lead system in the northern hemisphere, and the effect these changes have on marine ecosystem processes, carbon fluxes, and the exchange of greenhouses gases across the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface.

Goal of ArcOD-related activity
Biodiversity collections

Geographic focus
The circumpolar Arctic flaw lead system

Taxonomic focus
System wide physical-biological coupling

Countries involved in activity
Canada, China, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as school aged kids from the circumpolar aboriginal communities and southern centres in an international ‘Schools on Board’ outreach project

Expedition dates and vessels
CCGS Amundsen, 2007 to 2008

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