Local and Remote Influences on the Heat Content of the Labrador Sea: An Adjoint Sensitivity Study

Dr Dan Jones At the British Antarctic Survey lead research into natural processes that can rapidly inject heat and carbon into the interior ocean.  It can remain there for decades to centuries, potentially slowing global surface warming. One of these locations is the Labrador Sea, which features strong exchanges of heat with the atmosphere and exceptionally deep mixing between the surface ocean and interior ocean. They found that although the heat content is most sensitive to local exchanges with the atmosphere, there is an unexpected connection between the heat content of the Labrador Sea and wind strength along the coast of West Africa and Europe.