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An analytical model of the response of the meridional overturning circulation to changes in wind and buoyancy forcing

Shakespear, Callum; Hogg, Andrew


An analytical model of the full-depth ocean stratification and meridional overturning circulation for an idealized Atlantic basin with a circumpolar channel is presented. The model explicitly describes the ocean response to both Southern Ocean winds and the global pattern and strength of prescribed surface buoyancy fluxes. The construction of three layers, defined by the two isopycnals of overturning extrema, allows the description of circulation and stratification in both the upper and abyssal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Physical Oceanography
DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-11-0198.1
Access Rights: Open Access


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