Upstream sources of the Denmark Strait Overflow : observations from a high-resolution mooring array

dc.contributor.author Harden, Benjamin E.
dc.contributor.author Pickart, Robert S.
dc.contributor.author Valdimarsson, Héðinn
dc.contributor.author Våge, Kjetil
dc.contributor.author de Steur, Laura
dc.contributor.author Richards, Clark G.
dc.contributor.author Bahr, Frank B.
dc.contributor.author Torres, Daniel J.
dc.contributor.author Børve, Eli
dc.contributor.author Jonsson, Steingrimur
dc.contributor.author Macrander, Andreas
dc.contributor.author Østerhus, Svein
dc.contributor.author Håvik, Lisbeth
dc.contributor.author Hattermann, Tore
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-11T14:13:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-24T09:03:51Z
dc.date.issued 2016-02-19
dc.description © The Author(s), 2016. This is the author's version of the work and is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 112 (2016): 94-112, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2016.02.007. en_US
dc.description.abstract We present the first results from a densely instrumented mooring array upstream of the Denmark Strait sill, extending from the Iceland shelfbreak to the Greenland shelf. The array was deployed from September 2011 to July 2012, and captured the vast majority of overflow water denser than 27.8 kgm-3 approaching the sill. The mean transport of overflow water over the length of the deployment was 3.54 ± 0.16 Sv. Of this, 0.58 Sv originated from below sill depth, revealing that aspiration takes place in Denmark Strait. We confirm the presence of two main sources of overflow water: one approaching the sill in the East Greenland Current and the other via the North Icelandic Jet. Using an objective technique based on the hydrographic properties of the water, the transports of these two sources are found to be 2.54 ± 0.17 Sv and 1.00 ± 0.17 Sv, respectively. We further partition the East Greenland Current source into that carried by the shelfbreak jet (1.50 ± 0.16 Sv) versus that transported by a separated branch of the current on the Iceland slope (1.04 ± 0.15 Sv). Over the course of the year the total overflow transport is more consistent than the transport in either branch; compensation takes place among the pathways that maintains a stable total overflow transport. This is especially true for the two East Greenland Current branches whose transports vary out of phase with each other on weekly and longer time scales. We argue that wind forcing plays a role in this partitioning. en_US
dc.description.embargo 2017-03-24 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The mooring and analysis work was supported by NSF OCE research grants OCE-0959381 and OCE-1433958, by the European Union 7th Framework Programme (FP7 2007-2013) under grant agreement n. 308299 NACLIM, and and by the Research Council of Norway through the Fram Centre Flaggship project 6606-299. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1912/7999
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2016.02.007
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dc.title Upstream sources of the Denmark Strait Overflow : observations from a high-resolution mooring array en_US
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