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Ocean Sci., 15, 1033–1053, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1033-2019
Ocean Sci., 15, 1033–1053, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1033-2019

Research article 02 Aug 2019

Research article | 02 Aug 2019

Seasonal and regional variations of sinking in the subpolar North Atlantic from a high-resolution ocean model

Juan-Manuel Sayol et al.

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This work uses high-resolution ocean model data to quantify the sinking of waters in the subpolar North Atlantic. The largest amount of sinking is found at the depth of maximum AMOC at 45° N below the mixed layer depth, and 90 % of the sinking occurs near the boundaries in the first 250 km off the shelf. The characteristics of the sinking (total amount, seasonal variability, and vertical structure) vary largely according to the region considered, revealing a complex picture for the sinking.