Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 12, 481–493, 2016
Ocean Sci., 12, 481–493, 2016

Research article 01 Apr 2016

Research article | 01 Apr 2016

Compensation between meridional flow components of the Atlantic MOC at 26° N

E. Frajka-Williams et al.

Data sets

Atlantic meridional overturning circulation observed by the RAPID-MOCHA-WBTS (RAPID- Meridional Overturning Circulation and Heatflux Array-Western Boundary Time Series) array at 26◦ N from 2004 to 2014 Smeed, D. A., McCarthy, G., Rayner, D., Moat, B. I., Johns, W. E., Baringer, M. O., and Meinen, C. S.

Short summary
The ocean meridional overturning circulation (MOC) is predicted by climate models to slow down in this century, resulting in reduced transport of heat northward to mid-latitudes. At 26° N, the Atlantic MOC has been measured continuously for the past decade (2004–2014). In this paper, we discuss the 10-year record of variability, identify the origins of the continued weakening of the circulation, and discuss high-frequency (subannual) compensation between transport components.