Dynamics of the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort Gyre

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 3:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Join Dr. Mary-Louise Timmermans, Damon Wells Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale University, for a presentation about how the Arctic Ocean's Beaufort Gyre is a dominant feature of the Arctic system, a prominent indicator of climate change, and possibly a control factor for high-latitude climate.

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She will discuss:

  • The state of knowledge of the wind-driven Beaufort Gyre, including its forcing, relationship to sea-ice cover, source waters, circulation, and energetics.
  • How recent decades have seen pronounced change in all elements of the Beaufort Gyre system.
  • How sea-ice losses have accompanied an intensification of the gyre circulation and increasing heat and freshwater content.

These changes are explored in context with the physical forcing and feedbacks that dominate the dynamics of the Beaufort Gyre.

The event is organized by the Faculty of Mathematics’ Department of Applied Mathematics and the Waterloo Climate Institute. There is no cost to sign up for this in-person event and registration is not required. Anyone from the University community or the broader public may attend. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 3:00 p.m in MC 5501. 

Zoom link: https://uwaterloo.zoom.us/j/93301930708?pwd=aGZ0NzFWZnNKR2VNVGx3Y1NSanpFZz09

For more information or questions about registration, please email climateinstitute@uwaterloo.ca