Western Valley OverfloW

Updated 2019-05-29

The WOW project is a cooperation between Havstovan (Faroe Marine Research Institute, HAV) and the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) to 1) measure the overflow of cold water from the Arctic into the rest of the World Ocean through the Western Valley of the Iceland-Faroe Ridge, to 2) allow the effects of this flow to be adequately simulated in climate model projections of the thermohaline circulation and the heat transport towards the Arctic, and to 3) design a low-cost monitoring system for this flow.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2016 - 2018
Data collection
2016 - 2017
Data processing
2017 - 2018
Data reporting
2017 - 2018

Contact information

Contact person
Karin Margretha H. Larsen


Noatun 1

P.O. Box 3051

FO-110 Torshavn

Faroe Islands

+298 353900 (Institute)/ +298 353906 (direct)

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Other areas

Iceland-Faroe Ridge

Stations or areas where observations are made

Bottom Temp  64° 29.13'N    12° 8.19'W  Bottom depth: 270m (data uploaded)
ADCP              64° 26.70'N    12° 03.760'W  Bottom depth: 407m (recovered)
Bottom Temp  64° 23.86'N    11° 57.51'W  Bottom depth: 425m (data uploaded)

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports

Hansen B., Larsen K. M. H. , Quadfasel D., Jochumsen K. 2017. Historical oceanographic observations in the Western Valley. Havstovan no. 17-02. Technical Report. 11 p. http://www.hav.fo/PDF/Ritgerdir/2017/TecRep1702.pdf

Hansen B., Larsen K. M. H. , Kristiansen R., Mortensen E., Quadfasel D., Jochumsen K., Østerhus S. 2017. Observations from the WOW field experiment in the Western Valley 2016-2017. Havstovan no. 17-03. Technical Report. 15 p. http://www.hav.fo/PDF/Ritgerdir/2017/TecRep1703.pdf

Hansen, B., Larsen, K. M. H., Olsen, S. M., Quadfasel, D., Jochumsen, K., and Østerhus, S.: Overflow of cold water across the Iceland–Faroe Ridge through the Western Valley, Ocean Sci., 14, 871-885, https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-871-2018, 2018.

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Project partners include the Danish Meteorologial Institute

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Also reporting to H2020 Blue-Action project

Other related projects

Blue-Action project (The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 727852) http://www.blue-action.eu.

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