Title: Ocean Circulation of the Faroe-Shetland Channel
The ocean circulation of the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC) has been a topic of research at Marine Scotland for many years and continues to be a topic of great interest. The flow of warm and saline water of Atlantic origin across the Greenland-Scotland Ridge into the Nordic seas is the main oceanic mechanism for importing heat and salt from the Atlantic to the Arctic. The FSC is one of three branches where this Atlantic water crosses the Greenland-Scotland Ridge, allowing oceanographers to monitor changes in Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. The region is also key for exchange of these warm, nutrient-rich water masses into the North Sea. As well as presenting an overview of our scientific interest in the FSC and northern North Sea, and results from recent studies, a brief overview of the Oceanography Group at Marine Scotland Science will also be given.