Accessing the Inaccessible: Buoyancy-Driven Coastal Currents on the Shelves of Greenland and Eastern Canada

  • Sheldon Bacon
  • Paul G. Myers
  • Bert Rudels
  • David A. Sutherland

One reason why the Polar and Sub-polar shelf seas are an important component of the global climate system is that they support the fluxes of large volumes of both solid and liquid freshwater supplied from the cryospheres, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere.

This chapter is about sub-Arctic shelf waters in the western Atlantic sector, the extent of which is illustrated in Fig. 28.1. We will discuss the relevant coasts of Greenland and eastern Canada: specifically, east Greenland from Belgica Bank through Denmark Strait to Cape Farewell; then west Greenland from the Labrador Sea through Davis Strait to Baffin Bay; then Baffin Island and the coast of Labrador. Finally, we will summarise what we think we know, and also what is important that we do not know.

Keywords

Convection Cyclone Advection Stein Trench 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon Bacon
    • 1
  • Paul G. Myers
    • 2
  • Bert Rudels
    • 3
  • David A. Sutherland
    • 4
  1. 1.National Oceanography CentreUK
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of AlbertaCanada
  3. 3.Finnish Institute of Marine ResearchFinland
  4. 4.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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