Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
05 Oct 2021
Research article |  | 05 Oct 2021

Role of air–sea fluxes and ocean surface density in the production of deep waters in the eastern subpolar gyre of the North Atlantic

Tillys Petit, M. Susan Lozier, Simon A. Josey, and Stuart A. Cunningham


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on os-2021-48', Yavor Kostov, 14 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Tillys Petit, 08 Sep 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on os-2021-48', Emma Worthington, 06 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Tillys Petit, 08 Sep 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on os-2021-48', Anonymous Referee #3, 08 Aug 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Tillys Petit, 08 Sep 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Tillys Petit on behalf of the Authors (08 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Sep 2021) by Ilker Fer
Short summary
Recent work has highlighted the dominant role of the Irminger and Iceland basins in the production of North Atlantic Deep Water. From our analysis, we find that air–sea fluxes and the ocean surface density field are both key determinants of the buoyancy-driven transformation in the Iceland Basin. However, the spatial distribution of the subpolar mode water (SPMW) transformation is most sensitive to surface density changes as opposed to the direct influence of the air–sea fluxes.