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Dynamics of the Southern Ocean Circulation


Rintoul, SR and Naveira Garabato, AC, Dynamics of the Southern Ocean Circulation, Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective, Academic Press, G Siedler, SM Griffies, J Gould and JA Church (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 471-492. ISBN 978-0-12-391851-2 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-391851-2.00018-0


The Southern Ocean circulation connects the ocean basins as well as the upper and deep layers of the ocean. As a result, the region has a profound influence on the global ocean circulation and climate. The Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the overturning circulation are dynamically linked through interactions between the mean flow, eddies, topography, air–sea forcing, and mixing and stirring by small- and mesoscale processes. A new dynamical paradigm is emerging that emphasizes the fully three-dimensional nature of the circulation, including the localization of meridional and vertical exchange of momentum, vorticity, and tracers by interactions between the flow and topography. Changes observed in the Southern Ocean in recent decades have implications for global climate and provide insight into the response of the Southern Ocean circulation to changes in forcing.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Southern Ocean Circulation, Antarctic Circumpolar Current, global circulation and climate
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate change models
UTAS Author:Rintoul, SR (Dr Steve Rintoul)
ID Code:91696
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-05-26
Last Modified:2017-10-20
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