The Changing North Atlantic Ocean and its Impact on Climate

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in collaboration with the US National Science Foundation (NSF), would like to announce the timetable for a new £5m research programme on the Changing North Atlantic and its Impact on Climate.

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a key component of the global climate system, and dominates northward ocean heat transport over most of the Atlantic. The Subpolar North Atlantic is the region where the AMOC is actively shaped through a combination of surface fluxes of heat, freshwater and momentum.

There is increasing evidence that knowledge of the Subpolar North Atlantic is important for decadal climate prediction. This programme will take advantage of the data arising from the US-UK OSNAP (Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme) array, to improve understanding and models of the Subpolar North Atlantic and its impacts. The programme will fund two projects to address the programme’s two research challenges:

Challenge 1: Combine observations and ocean-climate models in order to deliver a step change in quantitative understanding of processes that matter for subpolar variability.

Challenge 2: Determine the impacts of subpolar variability on the ocean-atmosphere-ice system.



Mid-September 2019 – announcement of opportunity for proposals to address this programme’s two research challenges .

Late November – closing date for proposals


This information on the timetable is provided in good faith to help researchers and stakeholders prepare to respond to this funding opportunity. The timetable may, however, be subject to change.