Salinity change in the subtropical Atlantic : secular increase and teleconnections to the North Atlantic Oscillation
Rosenheim, Brad E.
Swart, Peter K.
Thorrold, Simon R.
MetadataShow full item record
Recent studies comparing shipboard data between the 1950's and the 1990's have shown significant, heterogeneous adjustments of the temperature-salinity structure of the N. Atlantic Ocean. Here, we present proxy records of temperature and salinity from aragonite sclerosponge skeletons, extending existing records of the Salinity Maximum Waters (SMW) of the N. Atlantic back to 1890. These proxy records show secular temperature increases of 1.6–2.0°C, higher than published global averages, and salinity increases of 0.35–0.5 psu, smaller than short-term secular trends recently measured. Salinity reconstructions vary more significantly on the decadal scale, showing changes that are related to low-frequency variations of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). On both secular and decadal time scales, the records indicate significant thermohaline changes in the SMW, either via forcing at the surface or increasing depths of density surfaces in the Bahamas.
Author Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2005. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Geophysical Research Letters 32 (2005): L02603, doi:10.1029/2004GL021499.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation influence CO2 uptake in the North Atlantic over the past 2 decades Thomas, Helmuth; Prowe, A. E. Friederike; Lima, Ivan D.; Doney, Scott C.; Wanninkhof, Rik; Greatbatch, Richard J.; Schuster, Ute; Corbiere, Antoine (American Geophysical Union, 2008-12-31)Observational studies report a rapid decline of ocean CO2 uptake in the temperate North Atlantic during the last decade. We analyze these findings using ocean physical-biological numerical simulations forced with interannually ...
Interannual variability in the pathways of the North Atlantic Current over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the impact of topography Bower, Amy S.; von Appen, Wilken-Jon (American Meteorological Society, 2008-01)Recent studies have indicated that the North Atlantic Ocean subpolar gyre circulation undergoes significant interannual-to-decadal changes in response to variability in atmospheric forcing. There are also observations, ...
Atlantic Ocean circulation during the Younger Dryas : insights from a new Cd/Ca record from the western subtropical South Atlantic Came, Rosemarie E.; Oppo, Delia W.; Curry, William B. (American Geophysical Union, 2003-11-25)Benthic foraminiferal Cd/Ca from an intermediate depth, western South Atlantic core documents the history of southward penetration of North Atlantic Intermediate Water (NAIW). Cd seawater estimates (CdW) for the last glacial ...