Global adjustment of the thermocline in response to deepwater formation

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2000
Authors  Huang, R. X.; Cane, M. A.; Naik, N.; Goodman, P.
Journal Title  Geophysical Research Letters
Volume  27
Issue  6
Pages  759-762
Journal Date  Mar 15
ISBN Number  0094-8276
Accession Number  ISI:000085868600006
Key Words  deep-ocean circulation; atlantic
Abstract  

The global adjustment of the thermocline in response to deepwater formation is studied in a single-mode model on a beta-plane. The signal is carried from ocean to ocean by Kelvin waves, which travel equatorward along western boundaries, eastward across the equator, poleward at the eastern boundaries, and then eastward around the southern tip of continents into the next ocean basin. The interior is filled by Rossby waves emanating from eastern boundaries. Stronger (weaker) deepwater formation induces an upward (downward) motion of the main thermocline in the world oceans. The adjustment is completed on centennial time scales.

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