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The role of freshwater fluxes in the thermohaline circulation: Insights from a laboratory analogue

Mullarney, Julia C; Griffiths, Ross; Hughes, Graham

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Regime transitions in the meridional overturning circulation (MOC) and the rate of formation of deep and bottom waters are thought to be sensitive to changes in the freshwater flux at high latitudes. We model convective overturning in the presence of a surface freshwater input using laboratory experiments that are inverted relative to the ocean: we establish an equilibrium circulation forced by differential heating and cooling along the base of a box and perturb this flow by adding a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/22941
Source: Deep-Sea Research Part 1. Oceanographic Research Papers
DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2006.10.001

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