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E. de Boisséson, V. Thierry, H. Mercier, G. Caniaux and D. Desbruyères Origin, formation and variability of the Subpolar Mode Water located over the Reykjanes Ridge Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (1978–2012) 117

Version of Record online: 8 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2011JC007519

Key Points

  • Reykjanes Ridge Mode Water (RRMW) is fed by subtropical and subpolar waters
  • RRMW acquires its properties in the winter mixed layer in the Iceland Basin
  • Changes in the subtropical relative contribution dominate the RRMW variability

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