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pounds 1m for university to probe climate.

OCEANOGRAPHERS at Bangor University have won three research grants from the Natural Environment Research Council worth pounds 1m.

The Bangor scientists are members of three successful consortia, made up of scientists from across the UK including Oxford University, Cambridge University, University College London, Reading, Southampton and Liverpool Universities.

The focus of the research is exchanges across critical interfaces within the Earth System.

One project will focus on the impact of the wind blowing across the sea surface.

A second project will focus on the exchange of water between the shallow continental shelf seas and the ocean.

The third project focuses on the Arctic, and in particular the impact of changes in Arctic Ocean sea ice cover on heat exchange between the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere.

As part of this project Bangor Scientists will join a Canadian Ice Breaker to pass through the North West Passage in August next year.

Dr Tom Rippeth of the School of Ocean Sciences said: "Future climate change is very difficult to predict with any certainty due to the complex feedbacks which occur between the different components of the Earth System.

"In each of these projects we will be joining scientists from elsewhere in the UK to make new measurements which will then help us to improve the way in which we represent these feedbacks in complex computer models of the global climate."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2011
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