All hands on deck commentary

Tom has submitted a commentary article to Geophysical Research Letters. The commentary concerns the recent paper by Jahn & Laiho (2020) that the observed freshwater accumulation in the Arctic Ocean is anthropogenic. The Abstract reads:

Arctic Ocean freshwater storage increased since the mid 1990s, but the cause was unknown. Now a recent paper by Jahn & Laiho [2020, 2020GL088854] uses ensemble runs of a coupled climate model to suggest that the observed increase is anthropogenic. The paper quantifies when the anthropogenic signals should emerge from the noise of natural variability. This result contextualizes research on the Arctic Ocean freshwater system and sketches an unprecedented opportunity. Future work should elucidate mechanisms, seek to observe the anthropogenic freshwater changes, and investigate the impacts on biogeochemistry and the North Atlantic Ocean circulation.