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Where do winds drive the Antarctic Circumpolar Current?

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The strength of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) is believed to depend on the westerly wind stress blowing over the Southern Ocean, although the exact relationship between winds and circumpolar transport is yet to be determined. Here we show, based on theoretical arguments and a hierarchy of numerical modeling experiments, that the global pycnocline depth and the baroclinic ACC transport are set by an integral measure of the wind stress over the path of the ACC, taking into account its...

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10.1029/2010GL043355

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Institution:
University of Reading
Department:
Department of Meteorology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
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Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
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Name:
James Martin 21st Century School
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Marshall, D
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Royal Society
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Johnson, H
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Natural Environment Research Council
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
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Volume:
37
Article number:
L12605
Publication date:
2010-06-01
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0094–8276
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English
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2011-01-26

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