Recent cooling in coastal southern Greenland and relation with the North Atlantic Oscillation
Article first published online: 12 FEB 2003
Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 30, Issue 3, February 2003
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2003), Recent cooling in coastal southern Greenland and relation with the North Atlantic Oscillation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1132, doi:10.1029/2002GL015797, 3., and (
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 12 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 11 SEP 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 SEP 2002
- Manuscript Received: 3 JUL 2002
 Analysis of new data for eight stations in coastal southern Greenland, 1958–2001, shows a significant cooling (trend-line change −1.29°C for the 44 years), as do sea-surface temperatures in the adjacent part of the Labrador Sea, in contrast to global warming (+0.53°C over the same period). The land and sea temperature series follow similar patterns and are strongly correlated but with no obvious lead/lag either way. This cooling is significantly inversely correlated with an increased phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) over the past few decades (r = −0.76), and will probably have significantly affected the mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet.