Enhanced production of Labrador Sea Water in 2008
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 36, Issue 1, January 2009
How to Cite
2009), Enhanced production of Labrador Sea Water in 2008, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L01606, doi:10.1029/2008GL036162., and (
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 5 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Received: 29 SEP 2008
- Labrador Sea;
- deep convection;
- water masses
 A May 2008 oceanographic survey of the Labrador Sea and recent Argo float profiles have revealed that convective overturning extended to a depth of about 1600 m during the winter of 2008, resulting in the production of a large “year class” of Labrador Sea Water. This convection was the deepest since 1994, and substantially exceeded the convection to 500–1100 m in the past few years in both the Labrador and Irminger Seas. The resultant 0.2°C cooling of the intermediate-depth waters in the Labrador Sea has disrupted a steady warming of these waters since 1994. The cumulative heat loss from the ocean to the atmosphere during the 2007–2008 cooling season was the largest since the mid-1990s and exceeded the 2000–2007 mean by about 50%. This indicates that enhanced atmospheric cooling, apparently associated with below-normal air temperatures in the region, was the predominant factor contributing to the enhanced LSW production in 2008.