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Research Highlights

US CLIVAR aims to feature the latest research results from the community of scientists participating in our interagency-sponsored projects, working groups, panels, science teams, and workshops. Check out the collection of research highlights below and sort by topic on the right. 

Differences between preindustrial (left) and LGM (right) ocean circulation
July 26, 2017

A recent study investigates the drivers of changes in deep ocean circulation across a range of modern and Last Glacial Maximum (~21000 years ago) climate modeling simulations, revealing biases in Antarctic sea ice formation. 

Schematic of the warming response of West Antarctic Peninsula waters to East Antarctic wind perturbation.
July 20, 2017

Ocean melting of marine terminating ice sheets poses a profound threat to the global coastal environment with approximately five meters of sea level rise locked up in the ice sheets around the West Antarctic region.

Monthly changes strength of the zonal flow
July 6, 2017

Looking at modeling simulations, researchers explore how various characteristics of the mid-latitude atmospheric circulation evolve over the 21st-century and find that changes are sector-dependent.

Ocean Circulation Plays an Important Role in Absorbing Carbon from the Atmosphere, NASA GSFC
June 29, 2017

NASA and MIT scientists found that gases are more easily absorbed over time than heat. As the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) slows down, the ocean absorbs less of both atmospheric gases and heat, though its ability to absorb heat is more greatly reduced.

Precipitation differences between the positive and negative AMV
June 14, 2017

A multi-model simulation study shows that Atlantic Multidecadal Variability warming drives a modification of the Walker Circulation that creates precipitation anomalies over the whole tropical belt. 

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