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Exploring the Antarctic waters with seals in electric hats


Ribeiro Santos, N, Exploring the Antarctic waters with seals in electric hats, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 1 pp. 282. ISSN 2662-138X (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s43017-020-0056-8


The production of Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) is a key part of the global ocean circulation that distributes heat and regulates the Earth’s climate. The formation of AABW is dependent on enhanced sea-ice production, which influences water salinity and temperature, in specific coastal regions around Antarctica called ‘polynyas’. Investigating the delicate balance between AABW formation, sea-ice production and the impact of Antarctic ice sheet melting in polynyas has traditionally been an extremely difficult endeavour, particularly during winter when ship logistics are affected by both sea-ice growth and poor weather conditions. To overcome the physical challenges of studying these under-ice and coastal processes, scientists have recruited special oceanographer helpers, elephant seals.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:seals, Antarctic bottom water, climate, sea-ice
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal behaviour
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean ice dynamics
UTAS Author:Ribeiro Santos, N (Ms Natalia Ribeiro Santos)
ID Code:150739
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2022-06-27
Last Modified:2022-06-27

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