North Atlantic Current


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North Atlantic Current

or North Atlantic Drift
n.
The northern extension of the Gulf Stream in the northern Atlantic Ocean. It warms the coast and affects the climate of northwest Europe.
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Clarke, 2000: Absolutely referenced geostrophic velocity and transport on a section across the North Atlantic Current. Deep-Sea Res.
The recent northward extension of the mackerel's distribution range should be interpreted in this context, not as a unique and isolated incident, but as yet another part of a domino sequence in which boreal species are established at the northernmost extension of the North Atlantic current system.
The North Atlantic Current is part of this conveyor that is driven by varying salt concentrations and temperature changes in a process called thermohaline circulation.
A possible consequence of the melting arctic ice caps could result in the disruption of the North Atlantic current pattern including the Gulf Stream.
Scientists believe that large amounts of freshwater purged from Greenland's eastern coast could help to weaken the counterclockwise flow of the North Atlantic Current, lowering water and wind temperatures and potentially triggering abrupt cooling events in northern Europe.
The warm North Atlantic current known as the Gulf Stream keeps nearly all the seaports ice-flee, even in the Arctic.
In 2004, two years after Antarctica's massive Larson B ice shelf shattered and only months after scientists signalled that the North Atlantic current might be cooling, two mass media spectacles ground like icebergs against each other.
However, shortly afterwards he gets a call from a fellow professor, Terry Rapson (Ian Holm), at a remote Scottish weather station who tells him that the melting polar caps have poured too much fresh water into the oceans and the North Atlantic current is rapidly cooling.
In the film, increases in temperature from the build-up of pollutants in the atmosphere causes polar melting that disrupts the North Atlantic Current.

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