Spring Seminar Series 2014
The Deep Limb of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
WSB Conference Room, 12:00
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a large-scale flow of warm, shallow waters to the high latitudes and a return flow of cold, deep waters to the south. The AMOC may play an important role in global climate, anthropogenic carbon transport, and locally, the climate of Northern Europe. Last year, Stuart Cunningham gave a talk about the recently funded Observing the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP), which will directly measure the AMOC at high latitudes and test the continuity of the AMOC. Here, I present observational and modeling evidence for a mechanism that disrupts the continuity of the AMOC deep limb.