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Spin-up and adjustment of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and global pycnocline

Abstract:

A theory is presented for the adjustment of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and global pycnocline to a sudden and sustained change in wind forcing. The adjustment timescale is controlled by the mesoscale eddy diffusivity across the ACC, the mean width of the ACC, the surface area of the ocean basins to the north, and deepwater formation in the North Atlantic. In particular, northern sinking may have the potential to shorten the timescale and reduce its sensitivity to Southern Ocean ed...

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10.1357/002224011798765330

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
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Journal:
JOURNAL OF MARINE RESEARCH More from this journal
Volume:
69
Issue:
2-3
Pages:
167-189
Publication date:
2011-01-01
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EISSN:
1543-9542
ISSN:
0022-2402
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:223457
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uuid:1d14f944-cc8f-4669-8004-c6da89ad4606
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pubs:223457
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223457
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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