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Atmospheric forcing during active convection in the Labrador Sea and its impact on mixed-layer depth

Title: Atmospheric forcing during active convection in the Labrador Sea and its impact on mixed-layer depth.
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Name(s): Schulze, Lena M., author
Pickart, Robert S., author
Moore, G. W. K., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2016-09
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Hydrographic data from the Labrador Sea collected in February-March 1997, together with atmospheric reanalysis fields, are used to explore relationships between the air-sea fluxes and the observed mixed-layer depths. The strongest winds and highest heat fluxes occurred in February, due to the nature and tracks of the storms. While greater numbers of storms occurred earlier and later in the winter, the storms in February followed a more organized track extending from the Gulf Stream region to the Irminger Sea where they slowed and deepened. The canonical low-pressure system that drives convection is located east of the southern tip of Greenland, with strong westerly winds advecting cold air off the ice edge over the warm ocean. The deepest mixed layers were observed in the western interior basin, although the variability in mixed-layer depth was greater in the eastern interior basin. The overall trend in mixed-layer depth through the winter in both regions of the basin was consistent with that predicted by a 1-D mixed-layer model. We argue that the deeper mixed layers in the west were due to the enhanced heat fluxes on that side of the basin as opposed to oceanic preconditioning.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000386913200024 (IID), 10.1002/2015JC011607 (DOI)
Keywords: Circulation, climatology, convection, cyclone activity, greenland, impact of storms, Labrador Sea, mixed layers, north-atlantic-oscillation, storm tracks, tip jets, variability, wind
Publication Note: The publisher’s version of record is available at http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015JC011607
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_wos_000386913200024
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans.
2169-9275
Issue: iss. 9, vol. 121

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Schulze, L. M., Pickart, R. S., & Moore, G. W. K. (2016). Atmospheric forcing during active convection in the Labrador Sea and its impact on mixed-layer depth. Journal Of Geophysical Research-Oceans. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_wos_000386913200024