Decrease of river runoff in the upper waters of the Eurasian Basin, Arctic Ocean, between 1991 and 1996: Evidence from delta O-18 data

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2002
Authors  Schlosser, P.; Newton, R.; Ekwurzel, B.; Khatiwala, S.; Mortlock, R.; Fairbanks, R.
Journal Title  Geophysical Research Letters
Volume  29
Issue  9
Pages  -
Journal Date  May 1
ISBN Number  0094-8276
Accession Number  ISI:000178888000073
Key Words  southern canadian basin; atlantic; balance; shelf; ice

[1] Measurements of the (H2O)-O-18/(H2O)-O-16 ratio of water from two sections crossing the Eurasian Basin in 1991 and 1996 show that the observed decrease in the freshwater contained in the upper waters of the Eurasian Basin during the 1990s is due to decrease in meteoric water (mainly river runoff). The decrease in meteoric water inventories between 1991 and 1996 calculated from balances of mass, salinity, delta(18)O, and PO4* is about 3 meters and accounts for basically the entire freshwater change inferred from salinity budgets. Climatological data are used to ensure that the two sections can be considered to belong to the same hydrographic regime. The data also suggest that in 96 the formation of sea ice from the upper waters in the Amundsen Basin was lower by about 1 meter (3 m in 1996 compared to 4 m in 1991).


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DOI  Doi 10.1029/2001gl013135