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Dilution of the northern North Atlantic Ocean in recent decades
Curry, R.; Mauritzen, C. (2005). Dilution of the northern North Atlantic Ocean in recent decades. Science (Wash.) 308(5729): 1772-1774
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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    Marine

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  • Curry, R.
  • Mauritzen, C.

Abstract
    Declining salinities signify that large amounts of fresh water have been added to the northern North Atlantic Ocean since the mid-1960s. We estimate that the Nordic Seas and Subpolar Basins were diluted by an extra 19,000 ± 5000 cubic kilometers of freshwater input between 1965 and 1995. Fully half of that additional fresh water -about 10,000 cubic kilometers- infiltrated the system in the late 1960s at an approximate rate of 2000 cubic kilometers per year. Patterns of freshwater accumulation observed in the Nordic Seas suggest a century time scale to reach freshening thresholds critical to that portion of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation.

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