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Provedor de dados:  ArchiMer
País:  France
Título:  A Lagrangian Method to Isolate the Impacts of Mixed Layer Subduction on the Meridional Overturning Circulation in a Numerical Model
Autores:  Thomas, Matthew
Treguier, Anne-marie
Blanke, Bruno
Deshayes, Julie
Voldoire, Aurore
Data:  2015-10
Ano:  2015
Palavras-chave:  Circulation
Lagrangian circulation
Meridional overturning circulation
Ocean Structure
Oceanic mixed layer
Models and modeling
General circulation models
Resumo:  Large differences in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) exhibited between the available ocean models pose problems as to how they can be interpreted for climate policy. A novel Lagrangian methodology has been developed for use with ocean models that enables a decomposition of the AMOC according to its source waters of subduction from the mixed layer of different geographical regions. The method is described here and used to decompose the AMOC of the Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM) ocean model, which is approximately 4.5 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1) too weak at 26°N, compared to observations. Contributions from mixed layer subduction to the peak AMOC at 26°N in the model are dominated by the Labrador Sea, which contributes 7.51 Sv; but contributions from the Nordic seas, the Irminger Sea, and the Rockall basin are also important. These waters mostly originate where deep mixed layers border the topographic slopes of the Subpolar Gyre and Nordic seas. The too-weak model AMOC can be explained by weak model representations of the overflow and of Irminger Sea subduction. These are offset by the large Labrador Sea component, which is likely to be too strong as a result of unrealistically distributed and too-deep mixed layers near the shelf.
Tipo:  Text
Idioma:  Inglês

Editor:  Amer Meteorological Soc
Relação:  info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/282672/EU//EMBRACE
Formato:  application/pdf
Fonte:  Journal Of Climate (0894-8755) (Amer Meteorological Soc), 2015-10 , Vol. 28 , N. 19 , P. 7503-7517
Direitos:  2015 American Meteorological Society


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