Research in Relations between the North Atlantic Sea Ice and Arctic Weather, Conducted During the Period May 15, 1950 to November 15, 1950
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WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MA
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During the period covered by this report, the writer spent some time in England surveying activities in Polar oceanography and meteorology, particularly as related to the ice in the North Atlantic-Arctic. The oceanographic research program of the Fisheries Laboratory is most interesting and holds, it is thought, considerable promise. The Laboratory operates the oceanographic research vessel ERNEST HOLT, a converted fishing trawler of some 1,500 tons, which makes four regular hydrographic sections a year from Bear Island some eighty miles westward to Jan Mayen and another section south- southeastward to Norway see map. In addition, six other sections in the waters off Bear Island are made each year with the runs of the fish. The sections are quite regularly spaced in time, the ship operating in winter as well. The data obtained by the ERNEST HOLT are being analyzed together with previously obtained sections in the same general area by other ships to study the shorter- and longer- period changes in the North Atlantic warm water sweeping around northern Norway and in the cold waters flowing southward past Bear Island.
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