Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-481-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-481-2016
Research article
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01 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 01 Apr 2016

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

E. Frajka-Williams, C. S. Meinen, W. E. Johns, D. A. Smeed, A. Duchez, A. J. Lawrence, D. A. Cuthbertson, G. D. McCarthy, H. L. Bryden, M. O. Baringer, B. I. Moat, and D. Rayner

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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.