Atlantic overturning circulation susceptible to tipping point shift
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2013
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 94, Issue 39, page 348, 24 September 2013
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2013), Atlantic overturning circulation susceptible to tipping point shift, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(39), 348.(
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A sudden shift in the strength of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is thought to be the most important mechanism behind several past abrupt changes in the climate. AMOC transports heat, salt, and nutrients throughout the Atlantic Ocean. Paleoclimate evidence has shown that changes in its strength affect the climate worldwide. Whether AMOC could suddenly shift again depends on whether the circulation can exist in more than one stable state.