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Explainer: how the Antarctic Circumpolar Current helps keep Antarctica frozen

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Phillips, HE and Legresy, B and Bindoff, N, Explainer: how the Antarctic Circumpolar Current helps keep Antarctica frozen, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 15 November (2018) [Newspaper Article]


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Abstract

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current, or ACC, is the strongest ocean current on our planet. It extends from the sea surface to the bottom of the ocean, and encircles Antarctica. It is vital for Earth’s health because it keeps Antarctica cool and frozen. It is also changing as the world’s climate warms. Scientists like us are studying the current to find out how it might affect the future of Antarctica’s ice sheets, and the world’s sea levels.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Antarctic Circumpolar Current, Southern Ocean, eddies, poleward heat transport
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical Oceanography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
UTAS Author:Phillips, HE (Dr Helen Phillips)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, N (Professor Nathan Bindoff)
ID Code:131114
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP170102162)
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2019-03-04
Last Modified:2019-03-05
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