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When do marginal seas and topographic sills modify the ocean density structure?

Stewart, Kial; Hughes, Graham; Griffiths, Ross


We ask what effect marginal seas at high latitudes have on the abyssal densities and stratification of the oceans. Although marginal seas are not necessary for the formation of dense abyssal waters, topographic sills tend to restrict exchange flows and increase density differences. Laboratory experiments with a steady state large-scale overturning circulation, forced by a gradient in surface temperatures or heat fluxes, show that a marginal sea and topographic sill influence the abyssal density...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research
DOI: 10.1029/2011JC006980
Access Rights: Open Access


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