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On the role of the Agulhas system in ocean circulation and climate

Beal, Lisa M., De Ruijter, Wilhelmus P. M., Biastoch, Arne, Zahn, Rainer, Cronin, Meghan, Hermes, Juliet, Lutjeharms, Johann, Quartly, Graham, Tozuka, Tomoki, Baker-Yeboah, Sheekela, Bornman, Thomas, Cipollini, Paolo, Dijkstra, Henk, Hall, Ian, Park, Wonsun, Peeters, Frank, Penven, Pierrick, Ridderinkhof, Herman and Zinke, Jens (2011) On the role of the Agulhas system in ocean circulation and climate Nature, 472, (7344), pp. 429-436. (doi:10.1038/nature09983).

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The Atlantic Ocean receives warm, saline water from the Indo-Pacific Ocean through Agulhas leakage around the southern tip of Africa. Recent findings suggest that Agulhas leakage is a crucial component of the climate system and that ongoing increases in leakage under anthropogenic warming could strengthen the Atlantic overturning circulation at a time when warming and accelerated meltwater input in the North Atlantic is predicted to weaken it. Yet in comparison with processes in the North Atlantic, the overall Agulhas system is largely overlooked as a potential climate trigger or feedback mechanism. Detailed modelling experiments—backed by palaeoceanographic and sustained modern observations—are required to establish firmly the role of the Agulhas system in a warming climate.

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Published date: 28 April 2011
Organisations: Marine Physics and Ocean Climate


Local EPrints ID: 183315
ISSN: 0028-0836
PURE UUID: 499dc99b-a1c9-4b81-8297-06b811fd3c20

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2011 09:10
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:56

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Author: Lisa M. Beal
Author: Wilhelmus P. M. De Ruijter
Author: Arne Biastoch
Author: Rainer Zahn
Author: Meghan Cronin
Author: Juliet Hermes
Author: Johann Lutjeharms
Author: Graham Quartly
Author: Tomoki Tozuka
Author: Sheekela Baker-Yeboah
Author: Thomas Bornman
Author: Paolo Cipollini
Author: Henk Dijkstra
Author: Ian Hall
Author: Wonsun Park
Author: Frank Peeters
Author: Pierrick Penven
Author: Herman Ridderinkhof
Author: Jens Zinke

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