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Open-ocean convection in the Irminger Sea

Open-ocean convection in the Irminger Sea
Open-ocean convection in the Irminger Sea
Open-ocean deep convection is known to occur in a very few locations in the present climate. Convection is important for the ventilation of the oceans, and for the operation of the meridional overturning circulation. Using data from ships and profiling floats, we present evidence for the occurrence of convection in the Irminger Sea of the North Atlantic, south-east of Greenland. Confirmation of this convective site in the North Atlantic will influence our understanding of the connection of the atmosphere to the ocean depths, and of the mechanisms of climate variability.
atlnnwirm, irminger sea, deep water, convection
0094-8276
1246-[4pp]
Bacon, S.
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Gould, W.J.
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Jia, Y.
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Bacon, S.
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Gould, W.J.
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Jia, Y.
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Bacon, S., Gould, W.J. and Jia, Y. (2003) Open-ocean convection in the Irminger Sea. Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (5), 1246-[4pp]. (doi:10.1029/2002GL016271).

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Abstract

Open-ocean deep convection is known to occur in a very few locations in the present climate. Convection is important for the ventilation of the oceans, and for the operation of the meridional overturning circulation. Using data from ships and profiling floats, we present evidence for the occurrence of convection in the Irminger Sea of the North Atlantic, south-east of Greenland. Confirmation of this convective site in the North Atlantic will influence our understanding of the connection of the atmosphere to the ocean depths, and of the mechanisms of climate variability.

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Published date: March 2003
Keywords: atlnnwirm, irminger sea, deep water, convection
Organisations: National Oceanography Centre,Southampton

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Local EPrints ID: 2201
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2201
ISSN: 0094-8276
PURE UUID: 2ed9240b-4da3-4a06-b374-e54b669b79f0

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Date deposited: 19 May 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:16

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