Tasman leakage: A new route in the global ocean conveyor belt
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2002
Copyright 2002 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 29, Issue 10, pages 55-1–55-4, May 2002
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Tasman leakage: A new route in the global ocean conveyor belt, Geophys Res Lett., 29(10), doi:10.1029/2001GL014586, 2002., , , , , , and ,
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2002
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Received: 18 DEC 2001
 The existence of a new route that draws relatively cold waters from the Pacific Ocean to the North Atlantic via the Tasman outflow is presented. The new route materialises with comparable magnitude and characteristics in three independent numerical realisations of the global ocean circulation. Its realism is supported by hydrographic data interpolated via an inverse model. The “Tasman leakage” constitutes a sizeable component of the upper branch of the global conveyor belt and represents an extension to the prevailing views that hitherto emphasised the routes via the Drake Passage and the Indonesian Throughflow [Gordon, 1986].