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Mazloff, MR and Sallee, J-B and Menezes, VV and Macdonald, AM and Meredith, MP and Newman, L and Pellichero, V and Roquet, F and Swart, S and Wahlin, A, Southern Ocean, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, (8) pp. 166-167. ISSN 0003-0007 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1175/2017BAMSStateoftheClimate.1


By connecting the deep ocean reservoir of carbon and heat to the atmosphere, the Southern Ocean is a primary climate regulator. A readily observed component of regulation is the sea ice cover, which provides insulation and affects albedo. As noted in Section 6f, 2016 showed a spectacular decline late in the year, with the lowest ever recorded spring sea ice cover (see Fig. 6.8a). The upper ocean experienced large temperature anomalies consistent with the sea ice patterns discussed in Section 6f (Figs. 6.10b,c). In addition, the open-ocean polynya observed over Maud Rise in August (e.g., see Fig. 6.8c) was likely driven by unusually weak haline stratification (Fig. 6.10f). Observed salinity changes suggest cryospheric influences on multiyear time scales.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Southern Ocean, climate
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Newman, L (Dr Louise Newman)
ID Code:128086
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:85
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2018-09-03
Last Modified:2022-12-06
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