Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Ocean Sci., 17, 1321–1340, 2021
Ocean Sci., 17, 1321–1340, 2021

Research article 28 Sep 2021

Research article | 28 Sep 2021

A dynamically based method for estimating the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation at 26° N from satellite altimetry

Alejandra Sanchez-Franks 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 26N from 2004 to 2018 (v2018.2) B. I. Moat, E. Frajka-Williams, D. A. Smeed, D. Rayner, A. Sanchez-Franks, W. E. Johns, M. O. Baringer, D. Volkov, and J. Collins

Short summary
In the North Atlantic, ocean currents carry warm surface waters northward and return cooler deep waters southward. This type of ocean circulation, known as overturning, is important for the Earth’s climate. This overturning has been measured using a mooring array at 26° N in the North Atlantic since 2004. Here we use these mooring data and global satellite data to produce a new method for monitoring the overturning over longer timescales, which could potentially be applied to different latitudes.