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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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.