Two New Studies Substantially Advance Understanding of Currents that Help Regulate Climate
Published:02 Nov.2020    Source:WHOI

Formation of deep water that drives overturning circulation found to have a common origin and to spill over into the North Atlantic via a newly discovered pathway. As the planet warms, significant questions have arisen regarding the impacts of rising temperatures on the ocean circulation that helps regulate global climate.

Two studies available online in Nature Communications shed new light on a critical driver of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), sometimes known as the “ocean conveyor belt.” Together, these give greater insight into the northern origins of the AMOC and potential impacts of warming on regions of the North Atlantic that are critical to this system of currents.