University of St Andrews

A rapidly changing North Atlantic

Friday 01 May 2015

European marine scientists met at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), near Oban, this week to mark the 40th year of a regular oceanographic monitoring programme along the 'Ellett Line' in the North Atlantic.

Among the invited speakers was Dr William Austin (Reader in Physical Geography); Bill noted the significance of the time series that has been generated by colleagues at SAMS and the National Oceanography Centre: "The 'Ellett Line' provides an important insight into the nature and timing of North Atlantic variability, adding compelling evidence to aid our understanding of future climate change here in northern Europe. The 'Extended Ellett Line' (EEL), which now allows collection of ocean data from Scotland to Iceland, has greatly improved the monitoring capability of a key North Atlantic Gateway with direct relevance to NW European climates because of the transport of heat in the surface ocean. In my view, the EEL is an excellent example of National Capability Funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) that is delivering new opportunities for exciting cross-community research collaboration."

For further details, please see: Top European scientists discuss rapidly changing North Atlantic  

The photograph below shows some of the 'Extended Ellett Line' scientists (Dr Austin is seen in the second row, RHS).