A sketch of the processes which lead to the sinking of water in the Greenland Sea. NADW = North Atlantic Deep Water.

The water from the warm and salty Gulf Stream Extension feeds the Atlantic inflow into the Arctic Basin and the convection in the Greenland Sea. The convection can be inhibited by a southward advance of freshwater and ice export from the Arctic Ocean. See the text for a more detailed discussion.

© 1996 M. Tomczak

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