Hongjie Liang

Affiliated PhD student, National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

Project: Mechanisms of Pacific water influence on Arctic sea ice

Supervisors: Prof Su (Ocean University of China), Dr Yevgeny Aksenov (APEAR)

Pacific water inflows through the Bering Strait, which is the only water way connecting Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean. It is expected to have a significant influence on the Arctic sea ice and then regulate the global climate. However, the mechanism of thermodynamics and dynamics is still unclear. Pacific water pathways, stratification and upwelling events would be considered to address the problem.

The key question is to prove that there are certain ways for Pacific water to have effects on Arctic sea ice.

This work is part of my visit proposal at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. It is also part of my PhD project in the Ocean University of China, which may strengthen our understanding of the relationship between Pacific water and Arctic sea ice.

APEAR is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.