The Arctic Ocean in summer: a quasi-synoptic inverse estimate of boundary fluxes and water mass transformation


Tsubouchi, T., Bacon, S., Naveira Garabato, A.C., Aksenov, Y., Laxon, S.W., Fahrbach, E., Beszczynska-Möller, A., Hansen, E., Lee, C.M. and Ingvaldsen, R.B. (2012) The Arctic Ocean in summer: a quasi-synoptic inverse estimate of boundary fluxes and water mass transformation. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, (C1), C01024. (doi:10.1029/2011JC007174).

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The first quasi-synoptic estimates of Arctic Ocean and sea ice net fluxes of volume, heat and freshwater are calculated by application of an inverse model to data around the ocean boundary. Hydrographic measurements from four gateways to the Arctic (Bering, Davis and Fram Straits, and the Barents Sea Opening) completely enclose the ocean, and were made within the same 32-day period in summer 2005. The inverse model is formulated as a set of full-depth and density-layer-specific volume and salinity transport conservation equations, with conservation constraints also applied to temperature, but only in non-outcropping layers. The model includes representations of Fram Strait sea ice export and of interior Arctic Ocean diapycnal fluxes. The results show that in summer 2005 the transport-weighted mean properties are, for water entering the Arctic: potential temperature 4.53˚C, salinity 34.50 and potential density (σ0) 27.33 kg m-3; and for water leaving the Arctic, including sea ice: 0.25˚C, 33.81 and 27.14 kg m-3, respectively. The net effect of the Arctic in summer is to freshen and cool the inflows by 0.69 in salinity and 4.28 ˚C, respectively, and to decrease density by 0.19 kg m-3. The volume transport into the Arctic of waters above ~1000 m depth is 9.2 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s-1), and the export (similarly) is 9.3 Sv. The net oceanic and sea ice freshwater flux is 186 {plus minus} 48 mSv. The net heat flux (including sea ice) is 192 {plus minus} 37 TW, representing loss from the ocean to the atmosphere.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0148-0227 (print)
2156-2202 (electronic)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Physical Oceanography
National Oceanography Centre (NERC) > Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
National Oceanography Centre (NERC) > Marine Systems Modelling
ePrint ID: 177053
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2011 17:00
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:24
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/177053

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