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Rapid subsurface warming and circulation changes of Antarctic coastal waters by poleward shifting winds

Spence, J. Paul; Griffies, S.M.; England, Matthew; Hogg, Andrew; Saenko, O.A.; Jourdain, Nicolas


The southern hemisphere westerly winds have been strengthening and shifting poleward since the 1950s. This wind trend is projected to persist under continued anthropogenic forcing, but the impact of the changing winds on Antarctic coastal heat distribution remains poorly understood. Here we show that a poleward wind shift at the latitudes of the Antarctic Peninsula can produce an intense warming of subsurface coastal waters that exceeds 2°C at 200-700 m depth. The model simulated warming...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Geophysical Research Letters
DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060613
Access Rights: Open Access


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