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Deepwater Convection:
Arctic Ocean global influence

An increasing southward flow of “light” arctic water might stop the sinking of North Atlantic waters that drives the global ocean circulation!

(The melting ice cube here represents all arctic freshwater sources, i.e., rivers, precipitation, Pacific waters, and of course, melting sea and land ice.)


Polar Science Center
Applied Physics Laboratory
1013 NE 40th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

University of Washington

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0230427.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
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