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The Nordic Seas

  • Walczowski WaldemarEmail author
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Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)

Abstract

The Nordic Seas is a traditional name of the Greenland Sea, the Iceland Sea, and the Norwegian Sea. Some authors include the Barents Sea in the Nordic Seas, as well. In the 1980s, American oceanographic literature made unsuccessful attempts to call them “The GIN Seas” (from the first letters of the seas). Although they cover only a small part of the world ocean, the Nordic Seas play unusual role in its circulation and the dynamics of the northern hemisphere’s climate. The importance of the Nordic Seas is in their location. Together with the Arctic Ocean, the NS make up the Arctic Mediterranean Sea, extending from the Greenland-Scotland Ridge to the Bering Strait. With respect to the bathymetry, it is the northernmost part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Keywords

Arctic Ocean North Atlantic Oscillation Index Atlantic Water Knipovich Ridge Western Branch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Oceanology, Physical OceanographyPolish Academy of SciencesSopotPoland

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