Interconnectivity between volume transports through Arctic straits

De Boer, Agatha M., Gavilan Pascual-Ahuir, Estanislao, Stevens, David P. ORCID:, Chafik, Léon, Hutchinson, David K., Zhang, Qiong, Sime, Louise C. and Willmott, Andrew J. (2018) Interconnectivity between volume transports through Arctic straits. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 123 (12). pp. 8714-8729. ISSN 2169-9275

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Arctic heat and freshwater budgets are highly sensitive to volume transports through the Arctic‐Subarctic straits. Here we study the interconnectivity of volume transports through Arctic straits in three models; two coupled global climate models, one with a third‐degree horizontal ocean resolution (HiGEM1.1) and one with a twelfth‐degree horizontal ocean resolution (HadGEM3), and one ocean‐only model with an idealized polar basin (tenth‐degree horizontal resolution). The two global climate models indicate that there is a strong anti‐correlation between the Bering Strait throughflow and the transport through the Nordic Seas, a second strong anti‐correlation between the transport through the Canadian Artic Archipelago (CAA) and the Nordic Seas transport, and a third strong anti‐correlation is found between the Fram Strait and the Barents Sea throughflows. We find that part of the strait correlations is due to the strait transports being coincidentally driven by large‐scale atmospheric forcing patterns. However, there is also a role for fast wave adjustments of some straits flows to perturbations in other straits since atmospheric forcing of individual strait flows alone cannot lead to near mass balance fortuitously every year. Idealized experiments with an ocean model (NEMO3.6) that investigate such causal strait relations suggest that perturbations in the Bering Strait are compensated preferentially in the Fram Strait due to the narrowness of the western Arctic shelf and the deeper depth of the Fram Strait.

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Additional Information: The data can be obtained as follows. The Bering Strait data are stored at http://psc.apl., the Fram Strait transports are at, the Davis Strait data are available from Beth Curry (, and the Barents Sea Opening transports are available from Randi Ingvaldsen (
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Mathematics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Fluid and Solid Mechanics
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 12:30
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 13:56
DOI: 10.1029/2018JC014320


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