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Going for the GUSTO (Mooring)

Going for the GUSTO (Mooring)

It was the oceanographic equivalent of stopping for milk on the way home. Two years ago, Mike McCartney had left a mooring in the Gulf Stream, rigged with sensors to monitor the huge, eastward-flowing current….

Will the Ocean Circulation Be Unbroken?

Will the Ocean Circulation Be Unbroken?

If the world’s climate is going to change, we will see signs in the ocean. The atmosphere and oceans are intricately linked; nowhere is that better demonstrated than in the North Atlantic Ocean, where current…

Labrador Sea Water Carries Northern Climate Signal South

Labrador Sea Water Carries Northern Climate Signal South

Changes in wind strength, humidity, and temperature over the ocean affect rates of evaporation, precipitation, and heat transfer between ocean and air. Long-term atmospheric climate change signals are imprinted onto the sea surface layer, a…

North Atlantic's Transformation Pipeline Chills and Redistributes Subtropical Water

North Atlantic’s Transformation Pipeline Chills and Redistributes Subtropical Water

Warm and salty waters from the upper part of the South Atlantic flow northward across the equator and then progress through the tropical and subtropical North Atlantic to reach high latitudes. Beginning with the intense…

Oceans & Climate

Oceans & Climate

The past decade has brought rapid scientific progress in understanding the role of the ocean in climate and climate change. The ocean is involved in the climate system primarily because it stores heat, water, and…