The Greenland, Iceland and Norwegian Seas (GINS) – the gateways for water exchange between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic – play a key role in the entire climate system. The vast amount of fisheries, oil and other material resources in addition to the climatic importance of GINS has spurred intensive observation and research programs in the region.
To provide an improved oceanographic foundation and reference for multi-disciplinary studies of the GINS, the NCEI Regional Climatology Team1 developed a new version of high-resolution quality-controlled temperature and salinity fields on standard depth levels from the sea surface to 4,900 m depth in the GINS region. Like the previous version2, version 2 is based on temperature and salinity observations from the World Ocean Database for years 1955 to 2012, or roughly six decades. The individual decadal fields are a significant upgrade from the previous version of the GINS. Version 2 contains six decadal climatologies from 1955 to 2012 with annual, seasonal, and monthly time resolutions, which can be used to assess ocean climate change over the 1955-2012 time period and can be utilized in other climate-related applications.
The GINS regional climatology version 2 (GINS RC v2) provides data on a geographic projection with three spatial resolutions of 1°x1°, 1/4°x1/4°, and 1/10°x1/10°. Annual, seasonal, and monthly fields on 1°x1° and 1/4°x1/4° grids and annual and seasonal fields on 1/10°x1/10° grid of both temperature and salinity are presented as maps and available as data files in 3 different formats. More info ...
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How to cite:
1Seidov, D., O.K. Baranova, T.P. Boyer, S.L. Cross, A.V. Mishonov, A.R. Parsons, J.R. Reagan, and K.W. Weathers (2018), Greenland-Iceland-Norwegian Seas Regional Climatology version 2, Regional Climatology Team, NOAA/NCEI.
2Seidov, D., O.K. Baranova, M. Biddle, T.P. Boyer, D.R. Johnson, A.V. Mishonov, C. Paver and M. Zweng (2013), Greenland-Iceland-Norwegian Seas Regional Climatology, Regional Climatology Team, NOAA/NODC (doi:10.7289/V5GT5K30).