Is the thermohaline circulation changing?.

Latif, Mojib , Böning, Claus W. , Willebrand, Jürgen, Biastoch, Arne , Dengg, Joachim, Keenlyside, Noel, Schweckendiek, Ulf and Madec, G. (2006) Is the thermohaline circulation changing?. Open Access Journal of Climate, 19 (18). pp. 4631-4637. DOI 10.1175/JCLI3876.1.

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Abstract

Analyses of ocean observations and model simulations suggest that there have been considerable changes in the thermohaline circulation (THC) during the last century. These changes are likely to be the result of natural multidecadal climate variability and are driven by low-frequency variations of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) through changes in Labrador Sea convection. Indications of a sustained THC weakening are not seen during the last few decades. Instead, a strengthening since the 1980s is observed. The combined assessment of ocean hydrography data and model results indicates that the expected anthropogenic weakening of the THC will remain within the range of natural variability during the next several decades

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Climatology; SEA-SURFACE TEMPERATURE, MERIDIONAL OVERTURNING CIRCULATION, NORTH-ATLANTIC OSCILLATION, ATMOSPHERIC CO2, CLIMATE MODEL, VARIABILITY, OCEAN, WATER, TRANSPORT, PROPAGATION
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
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1175/JCLI3876.1
ISSN: 0894-8755
Projects: DYNAMITE, ENSEMBLES, DRAKKAR, NEMO
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:52
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 09:39
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/3560

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