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US AMOC/U.K. RAPID Science Meeting: AMOC Variability: Dynamics and Impacts

July 16-19, 2013
Baltimore, MD

Meeting Summary:

Observations and numerical modelling experiments suggest that changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) play a key role in global climate variability and change. This second joint meeting of the U.K. RAPID and U.S. AMOC science programs provides an opportunity to explore new results from the purposefully designed AMOC observing systems, as well as a wide variety of observational, global coupled and regional model studies and theory in this rapidly changing field of research. The meeting is intended to span the full breadth of AMOC research: paleo- and modern observational studies, theory, modelling, predictability/prediction, and impacts on climate, carbon, and biogeochemistry. An outcome of the meeting will be an online collection of abstracts and presentations.

To encourage integration of observations and theory, and merger of results across geographic areas the meeting will address three themes:

  • Observations and dynamics of seasonal-to-interannual timescales. This session includes results from recent instrument deployments and related observational studies, and results from regional high-resolution modelling.
  • Observations and dynamics of decadal to multi-centennial timescales. This session includes results from proxy studies, and coupled climate model simulations.
  • Climate impacts, and what the future may hold. This session emphasizes studies focused on forecasts of societal impacts, including changes in key variables: SST, sea level, carbon/biogeochemistry, and ecosystems.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Jim Carton (University of Maryland)

Stuart Cunningham (Scottish Association for Marine Science)

Eleanor Frajka-Williams (U.K. National Oceanographic Centre)

Young-Oh Kwon (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

David Marshall (University of Oxford)

Rym Msadek (NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory)