Articles | Volume 16, issue 1
Research article
27 Jan 2020
Research article |  | 27 Jan 2020

The impact of meltwater discharge from the Greenland ice sheet on the Atlantic nutrient supply to the northwest European shelf

Moritz Mathis and Uwe Mikolajewicz


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AR by Moritz Mathis on behalf of the Authors (27 Nov 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (15 Dec 2019) by Markus Meier

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Moritz Mathis on behalf of the Authors (21 Jan 2020)   Author's adjustment  
EA: Adjustments approved (24 Jan 2020) by Markus Meier
Short summary
In a strong global warming scenario, declining nutrient concentrations of Atlantic water masses flushing the NWES lead to a reduction in the biological productivity on the shelf. We show that meltwater discharge from the Greenland ice sheet induces a change in the subpolar ocean circulation, resulting in a nutrient increase of deeper Atlantic water masses. These are mixed up at the shelf break and spread over the shelf, mitigating both the expected nutrient decline and productivity reduction.