Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 16, 373–388, 2020
Ocean Sci., 16, 373–388, 2020

Research article 19 Mar 2020

Research article | 19 Mar 2020

Variability in high-salinity shelf water production in the Terra Nova Bay polynya, Antarctica

Seung-Tae Yoon et al.

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We investigated the variability in high-salinity shelf water (HSSW) formation in the Terra Nova Bay polynya using hydrographic data from instrumented moorings and vessel-based profiles. We show that HSSW can be formed in the upper water column of the eastern Terra Nova Bay via polynya activity and convective processes, as well as how the nature of circulation in Terra Nova Bay influences HSSW production. This article also discusses the present results in the context of previous analyses.