Feedbacks affecting the response of the thermohaline circulation to increasing CO 2: A study with a model of intermediate complexity

Igor V. Kamenkovich, Andrei P. Sokolov, Peter H. Stone

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Abstract

The causes responsible for changes in the carbon dioxide (CO 2) concentration in the atmosphere were analyzed. A number of uncoupled runs, in which the ocean model was forced by the surface fluxes taken from coupled runs, were carried out for the analysis of the causes. The analysis showed that the increasing heat fluxes in the global change runs were the main reason for the slowdown of the North Atlantic (NA) sinking in the model. It was found that the main reason for a secondary role of moisture fluxes in causing changes in the meridional circulation in the model was their small contribution to the surface buoyancy flux changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4029-4041
Number of pages13
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventCombined Preprints: 84th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting - Seattle, WA., United States
Duration: Jan 11 2004Jan 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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