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Sensitivity of the Overturning Circulation in the Southern Ocean to Decadal Changes in Wind Forcing

Meredith, Michael P.; Garabato, Albert C. Naveira; Hogg, Andrew; Farneti, Riccardo


The sensitivity of the overturning circulation in the Southern Ocean to the recent decadal strengthening of the overlying winds is being discussed intensely, with some works attributing an inferred saturation of the Southern Ocean CO2 sink to an intensification of the overturning circulation, while others have argued that this circulation is insensitive to changes in winds. Fundamental to reconciling these diverse views is to understand properly the role of eddies in counteracting the directly...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Climate
DOI: 10.1175/2011JCLI4204.1
Access Rights: Open Access


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