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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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University of Oxford
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Earth Sciences
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University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Physics - Atmospheric,Oceanic and Planetary Physics
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University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Physics - Atmospheric,Oceanic and Planetary Physics
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American Geophysical Union Publisher's website
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Geophysical Research Letters Journal website
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37
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Article: L12605
Publication date:
2010-06-05
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0094–8276
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uuid:90a6af05-563e-4725-91f7-d09cf6004c6d
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ora:4846

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