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Callum J. Shakespeare and Leif N. Thomas

). However, because of the large thermal inertia of mode waters, their temperature is insensitive to wintertime heat loss, implying that their temperature–salinity relation is not set by air–sea fluxes ( Warren 1972 ). Instead, processes in the ocean interior likely play a key role in the selection of their water mass properties. Mode waters are found on the equatorward side of major ocean fronts, suggesting a role for frontal processes in their generation and maintenance ( Marshall et al. 2009

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Leif N. Thomas and Callum J. Shakespeare

1. Introduction In every ocean basin, on the equatorward side of major ocean fronts, layers of weakly stratified waters with nearly homogeneous properties are found. These so-called mode waters are thought to play an important role in the ocean–atmosphere climate system by sequestering and releasing heat and carbon dioxide on interannual time scales ( Dong et al. 2007 ; Bates et al. 2002 ) and by affecting the large-scale circulation through shaping the potential vorticity field ( Dewar et al

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