Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-315-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-13-315-2017
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21 Apr 2017
Research article |  | 21 Apr 2017

Large-scale forcing of the European Slope Current and associated inflows to the North Sea

Robert Marsh, Ivan D. Haigh, Stuart A. Cunningham, Mark E. Inall, Marie Porter, and Ben I. Moat

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To the west of Britain and Ireland, a strong ocean current follows the steep slope that separates the deep Atlantic and the continental shelf. This “Slope Current” exerts an Atlantic influence on the North Sea and its ecosystems. Using a combination of computer modelling and archived data, we find that the Slope Current weakened over 1988–2007, reducing Atlantic influence on the North Sea, due to a combination of warming of the subpolar North Atlantic and weakening winds to the west of Scotland.