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Southern Ocean [in “State of the Climate in 2020”]


Tamsitt, V and Bushinsky, S and Li, Z and du Plessis, M and Foppert, A and Gille, S and Rintoul, S and Shadwick, E and Silvano, A and Sutton, S and Swart, S and Tilbrook, B and Williams, NL, Southern Ocean [in 'State of the Climate in 2020'], Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 102, (8) pp. S341-S345. ISSN 0003-0007 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0081.1


The Southern Ocean (SO) plays a unique role in the climate system and is responsible for 40% of oceanic anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) uptake and 75% of the ocean's uptake of heat from the atmosphere (Frolicher et al. 2015). The relatively recent increases in deployments of biogeochemical floats (Claustre et al. 2020), Saildrone Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USVs; Sutton et al. 2021), and Deep Argo (Roemmich et al. 2019) have provided novel insights into seasonal and interannual variability in SO properties and fluxes. Here, we present 2020 anomalies of SO air–sea heat and CO2 fluxes and show recent changes in mixed layer (ML) and Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) properties.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:State of the Climate, Antarctica, Southern Ocean
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change processes
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Foppert, A (Dr Annie Foppert)
UTAS Author:Rintoul, S (Dr Steve Rintoul)
UTAS Author:Shadwick, E (Dr Elizabeth Shadwick)
UTAS Author:Tilbrook, B (Dr Bronte Tilbrook)
ID Code:147555
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Australian Antarctic Program Partnership
Deposited On:2021-11-08
Last Modified:2021-12-03

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