Decadal weakening of the shallow overturning circulation in the South Indian Ocean

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This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Correction to “Decadal weakening of the shallow overturning circulation in the South Indian Ocean” Volume 31, Issue 22, Article first published online: 17 November 2004

Abstract

[1] Satellite observations reveal a substantial weakening of the southeasterly trade wind over the South Indian Ocean during 1992–2000 and a resultant slowdown of the shallow meridional overturning circulation in this Ocean. The estimated rate of the slowdown of this circulation, 6.8 ± 1.4 × 106 m3/s over the 9-year period, is nearly 70% of the mean strength of this circulation. Such a change has important implications to upper-ocean heat content and decadal climate variability of the Indian Ocean, as well as to the ecosystem and air-sea exchange of CO2 in the region.

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