The Laptev Sea system since the last glacial.

Kassens, Heidemarie, Thiede, Jörn , Bauch, Henning , Hoelemann, Jens A. , Dmitrenko, Igor, Pivovarov, S., Priamikov, Sergey, Timokhov, Leonid and Wegner, Carolyn (2007) The Laptev Sea system since the last glacial. In: Coastline Changes: Interrelation of Climate and Geological Processes. , ed. by Hauff, H.. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 426 . Geological Society of America, Boulder, Colo., USA, pp. 89-96. DOI 10.1130/2007.2426(06).

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There is growing concern about the rapidity and extent of climate change in recent decades in the Arctic. The changes already evident in the Arctic, such as the cyclonic shift in the distribution of Atlantic and Pacific water masses, atmospheric pressure and winds, as well as the thinning and retreat of the sea ice, will be felt first and most dramatically around the circum-Arctic shelves, which comprise nearly 50% of the area of the Arctic Ocean. In this context, the Laptev Sea and its Siberian hinterland are of particular interest because of their distance both from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. River discharge into the Laptev Sea constitutes a key source for the Arctic freshwater input, and it generates a shallow brackish layer on top of the halocline. The shallow Laptev Sea shelf is a major area of sea-ice production that links the Siberian shelves of the Arctic Ocean with the Nordic seas. During the Last Glacial Maximum, most of these shelves were above sea level and developed thick permafrost sequences; today they are submarine, after having experienced the postglacial late Pleistocene and Holocene transgression. The history of the submarine permafrost and its modern state of decay are largely unknown.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Arctic shelf sea; River Lena; Flaw polynya; Permafrost
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Geological Society of America
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Projects: Laptev Sea System, Polynya
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 13:54
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 17:29

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