On the role of the Agulhas system in ocean circulation and climate.

Beal, Lisa M., De Ruijter, Wilhelmus P. M., Biastoch, Arne, Zahn, Rainer, Cronin, M., Hermes, J., Lutjeharms, J., Quartly, G., Tozuka, T., Baker-Yeboah, S., Bornman, T., Cipollini, P., Dijkstra, H., Hall, I., Park, Wonsun, Peeters, F., Penven, P., Ridderinkhof, H. and Zinke, Jens and SCOR/WCRP/IAPSOWorking Group 136 (2011) On the role of the Agulhas system in ocean circulation and climate. Nature, 472 (7344). pp. 429-436. DOI 10.1038/nature09983.

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Abstract

The Atlantic Ocean receives warm, saline water from the Indo-Pacific Ocean through Agulhas leakage around the southern tip of Africa. Recent findings suggest that Agulhas leakage is a crucial component of the climate system and that ongoing increases in leakage under anthropogenic warming could strengthen the Atlantic overturning circulation at a time when warming and accelerated meltwater input in the North Atlantic is predicted to weaken it. Yet in comparison with processes in the North Atlantic, the overall Agulhas system is largely overlooked as a potential climate trigger or feedback mechanism. Detailed modelling experiments—backed by palaeoceanographic and sustained modern observations—are required to establish firmly the role of the Agulhas system in a warming climate.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Authors No 5 to 19 are members of the Working Group
Keywords: Meteorology; Climatology; climate science
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R07
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R08
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-ME Maritime Meteorology
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R11
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1038/nature09983
ISSN: 0028-0836
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 24 May 2011 11:32
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 10:22
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/11869

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