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The International DOVETAIL Program

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Muench, R. D. and Hellmer, H. (2002): The International DOVETAIL Program , Deep-Sea Research II, 49 (21), pp. 4711-4714 . doi: 10.1016/S0967-0645(02)00155-8
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The "Deep Ocean Ventilation Through Antarctic Intermediate Layers"(DOVETAIL) program is an international field and modeling study of thedense deep and bottom waters of the northwestern Weddell Sea. Aprimary program goal has been to estimate the volume transport andpathways of these waters, long considered to be a major source ofAntarctic Bottom Water, as they escape from the Weddell Sea over andthrough the South Scotia Ridge into the Scotia Sea. Corollary goalsare to assess modification of the stratification during passage throughthe narrow, steep-sided and irregular channels that transect the Ridge.The program has evolved, since its start in 1997 as a primarily process-oriented project, into a multiyear observational study of the northwesternWeddell Sea-southern Scotia Sea including the Weddell-ScotiaConfluence region. An additional program goal has, therefore, becomethe estimation of interannual variability in the physical system. Thisvolume contains a collection of papers that present recent field andmodel-derived results from the DOVETAIL program.

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