Research ArticleArctic Oceanography

Greater role for Atlantic inflows on sea-ice loss in the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean

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Science  21 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6335, pp. 285-291
DOI: 10.1126/science.aai8204

Losing its character

The eastern Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean is on the far side of the North Pole from the Atlantic, but it is becoming more like its larger neighbor as the climate warms. Polyakov et al. show that this region is also evolving toward a state of weakened stratification with increased vertical mixing, release of oceanic heat, and less sea ice. These changes could have considerable impacts on other geophysical and biogeochemical aspects of the Arctic Ocean system and presage a fundamentally new Arctic climate state.

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