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GOCINA Workshop 2005

The workshop GOCINA: Improving modelling of ocean transport and climate prediction in the North Atlantic region using GOCE gravimetry” was held on April 13-15, 2005, at the NOVOTEL in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

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Scope of the Workshop

The ocean transport through the straits between Greenland and the UK is
known to play an important role in the global circulation.

Gulf Stream
water flows into the Nordic seas and feeds the formation of heavy bottom
water that returns back into the Atlantic Ocean. A change of the Gulf
Stream with even a possible shut down of the heat transport towards high
latitudes would have a huge impact on the North European climate.

It is very possible that as global warming takes hold, the climate of Northern
Europe will buck the trend and become cooler. The mechanism for this
would involve the weakening or collapse of the Northward heat transport
between Europe and Greenland by the mean ocean circulation. Furthermore,
changes in the mean flows and transports in deep waters may change ocean
upwelling and transports of larvae, both relevant for fish populations.

The central quantity bridging the geoid and the ocean circulation is the
mean dynamic topography, which is the difference between the mean sea
surface and the geoid. The mean dynamic topography provides the absolute
reference surface for the ocean circulation and is, in particular,
expected to improve the determination of the mean ocean circulation. The
determination of the mean circulation will, in turn, advance the
understanding of the role of the ocean mass and heat transport in
climate change.

The workshop cover topics related to the determination
of those central quantities and developing methods and recommendations
for the joint exploitation of the satellite missions for ocean
circulation studies and associated climate modelling and operational
data assimilation. Together with radar altimetry from satellite missions
such as ENVISAT and JASON, gravity field missions such as GRACE and in
particular GOCE will be important.

Scientific Committee

Per Knudsen, Copenhagen
Johnny Johannessen, Bergen
Reiner Rummel/Thomas Gruber, Munich
Detlef Stammer, Hamburg and
Tonie van Dam, ECGS Luxembourg

Local Organizing Committee