Greenland Sea Studies. Part IV.
Final Technical rept. 1 Jun 71-31 May 73,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The West Spitsbergen Current flows north through the eastern Greenland Sea. The Greenland Sea is in turn the major avenue of exchange of mass and of thermal and kinetic energy between the Arctic Ocean and the rest of the world ocean. The flow through Bering Strait into the Arctic Basin is about 1.5 Sv 1 Sv 1,000,000 cu msec and 1 Sv flows in through the Barents Sea, while about 2 Sv exit through the Canadian Archipelago. In contrast, the transport through the Greenland-Spitsbergen passage is about 7 Sv in each direction. In addition to the transport of heat and mass by the mean flow, much of the tidal energy in the Arctic Ocean enters through the Greenland-Spitsbergen passage.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography