Articles | Volume 18, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 18, 549–564, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-18-549-2022
Ocean Sci., 18, 549–564, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-18-549-2022
Research article
02 May 2022
Research article | 02 May 2022

Weakening and warming of the European Slope Current since the late 1990s attributed to basin-scale density changes

Matthew Clark et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on os-2021-60', Hjálmar Hátún, 08 Sep 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Matthew Clark, 08 Nov 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on os-2021-60', Anonymous Referee #2, 11 Oct 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Matthew Clark, 08 Nov 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Matthew Clark on behalf of the Authors (21 Dec 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (05 Jan 2022) by Matthew Hecht
RR by Hjálmar Hátún (20 Jan 2022)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Feb 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Feb 2022) by Matthew Hecht
AR by Matthew Clark on behalf of the Authors (05 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Mar 2022) by Matthew Hecht
AR by Matthew Clark on behalf of the Authors (05 Apr 2022)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
The European Slope Current (SC) is a northward-flowing current running parallel to the UK coastline. It is forced by changes in the density gradient of the wider North Atlantic Ocean. As the North Atlantic has warmed since the late 1990s, these gradients have changed strength and moved, reducing the volume and speed of water feeding into the SC. The SC flows into the North Sea, where changes in the species distribution of some plankton and fish have been seen due to the warming inputs.