Investigating the Global Impacts of the Agulhas Current.

Zahn, Rainer, Lutjeharms, Johann, Biastoch, Arne , Hall, Ian, Knorr, Gregor, Park, Wonsun and Reason, Chris (2010) Investigating the Global Impacts of the Agulhas Current. Open Access Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 91 (12). p. 109. DOI 10.1029/2010EO120001.

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Abstract

The Agulhas Current is the major western boundary current of the Southern Hemisphere [Lutjeharms, 2006] and a key component of the global ocean “conveyor” circulation controlling the return flow to the Atlantic Ocean [Gordon, 1986]. As such, it is increasingly recognized as a key player in ocean thermohaline circulation, with importance for the meridional overturning circulation (MOC) of the Atlantic Ocean. Unusual dynamics pervade the motion of this warm-water current—as it moves west around the southern tip of Africa, it is retroflected back east by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Not all waters are captured by this sudden diversion of course—parts of the Agulhas Current leak away into the South Atlantic Ocean (Figure 1).

Document Type: Article
Keywords: paleoceanography; climate dynamics; Global climate models; micropaleontology; Thermohaline
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-ME Maritime Meteorology
Refereed: No
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2010EO120001
ISSN: 0096-3941
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 12:22
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 11:48
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/10035

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