A Climatic Freshening of the Deep Atlantic North of 50°N over the Past 20 Years

Science  16 Dec 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4629, pp. 1237-1239
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4629.1237


Observations made in summer 1981 show a significant and widespread decrease in salinity, averaging 0.02 per mil, in deep waters of the subpolar North Atlantic over the past two decades. This implies a relatively rapid response of deep water formation to climatic perturbation.