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.

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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.