The long-term and interannual variability of summer fresh water storage over the eastern Siberian shelf: Implication for climatic change.

Dmitrenko, Igor A., Kirillov, Sergey A. and Tremblay, L. Bruno (2008) The long-term and interannual variability of summer fresh water storage over the eastern Siberian shelf: Implication for climatic change. Open Access Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 113 . C03007. DOI 10.1029/2007JC004304.

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Abstract

A time series of summer fresh water content anomalies (FWCA) over the Laptev and East Siberian sea shelves was constructed from historical hydrographic records for the period from 1920 to 2005. Results from a multiple regression between FCWA and various atmospheric and oceanic indices show that the fresh water content on the shelves is mainly controlled by atmospheric vorticity on quasi-decadal timescales. When the vorticity of the atmosphere on the shelves is antycyclonic, approximately 500 km3 of fresh water migrates from the eastern Siberian shelf to the Arctic Ocean through the northeastern Laptev Sea. When the vorticity of the atmosphere is cyclonic, this fresh water remains on the southern Laptev and East Siberian sea shelves. This FWCA represents approximately 35% of the total fresh water inflow provided by river discharge and local sea-ice melt, and is about ten times larger than the standard deviation of the Lena River summer long-term mean discharge. However, the large interannual and spatial variability in the fresh water content of the shelves, as well as the spatial coverage of the hydrographic data, makes it difficult to detect the long-term tendency of fresh water storage associated with climate change.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Fresh water content anomalies, FWCA; Atmospheric vorticity; Siberian shelf, Arctic Ocean; Lapev Sea, Siberia, Russia
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2007JC004304
ISSN: 2169-9275
Projects: Laptev Sea System, Polynya
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:52
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 07:53
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/3110

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