ARCSS 2 kyr Project: A synthesis of the last 2000 years of climatic variability from Arctic lakes
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Information for Sved Lake
Sved Lake is on the Greenland side of the Labrador Sea, one of the major areas of deep water formation in the North Atlantic. Even over historical times, the ventilation rate in the Labrador Sea has exhibited large variability. The climate of coastal SW Greenland is strongly influence by the production of deepwater, which brings relatively warm Atlantic water into the Labrador Sea, and by the West Greenland Current, a relatively warm current formed by merging a branch of the North Atlantic Drift (Irminger Current) and the cold, relatively fresh East Greenland Current derived from Arctic Ocean surface outflow. Sved Lake is on the outer coast, and hence, is expected to be strongly influenced SST over the adjacent ocean. The flux of Atlantic water along this portion of Greenland maintains open water year round, in contrast to the Canadian side, which is frozen for most of the year. Thus the West Greenland records are strong complements to the Baffin Island records, and collectively should record variations in Labrador Sea overturning.