Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Ocean Sci., 11, 743–757, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-743-2015
Ocean Sci., 11, 743–757, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-743-2015

Research article 22 Sep 2015

Research article | 22 Sep 2015

Transport of volume, heat, and salt towards the Arctic in the Faroe Current 1993–2013

B. Hansen et al.

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The Faroe Current is the main ocean current transporting warm Atlantic water into the Arctic region and an important transporter of heat towards the Arctic. This study documents observed transport variations over two decades, from 1993 to 2013. It shows that the volume transport of Atlantic water in this current increased by 9% over the period, whereas the heat transport increased by 18%. This increase will have contributed to the observed warming and sea ice decline in the Arctic.