Faculty member Annalisa Bracco in Nature Geoscience

5/10/2016

Professor Annalisa Bracco is co-author of the paper “Oceanic transport of surface meltwater from the southern Greenland ice sheet”, currently in Nature Geoscience. 

“In winter, water can mix to depths of 2,000 meters (6,000 ft.) and feed deep ocean currents,” said Bracco, a faculty member in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. “Oxygen, nutrients and atmospheric carbon dioxide also mix with the water. If the surface stratification of the ocean changes – because so much melted water reaches the central Labrador Sea – convection will be halted, which creates dangerous consequences for the global climate.” – from the Georgia Tech website.  The entire announcement can be found here.

The study is in Nature Geoscience located here.

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Georgia Tech researchers annually visit Labrador Sea (photo by Filippos Tagklis, a graduate student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences).

Biography:

Dr. Annalisa Bracco has been at Georgia Tech since 2007. She has published over 40 papers and has had over $3 million in research proposals funded since arriving at Tech. Her research is in the area of oceanic sciences: geophysical fluid dynamics. She received her Ph.D degree in Geophysics and Oceanography at the University of Genoa in 2000 and them completed two years of postdoctoral research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has won the American Meterological Society’s Nicholas P Fofonoff Award in 2011.”

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