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D. S. Trossman, L. Thompson, S. Mecking and M. J. Warner On the formation, ventilation, and erosion of mode waters in the North Atlantic and Southern Oceans Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (1978–2012) 117

Version of Record online: 21 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012JC008090

Key Points

  • Diffusive processes can significantly contribute to subduction
  • Some mode waters primarily form via subduction, some don't
  • Mode waters do not primarily erode via entrainment back into the mixed layer

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