Disturbing the North Atlantic Current
The temperature in Western Europe is highly dependent on the heat carried by the North Atlantic Current. However, this current is affected by conditions in the Nordic Seas where it sinks and returns south.
By altering the amount of salt in the Nordic Seas in climate models, scientists have shown how signals propagate down the coast of Canada and the US to control the strength of the North Atlantic Current.
Better knowledge and observations of these processes could lead to more accurate decadal forecasts of Western European temperatures.
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