Ocean Heat

Three-dimensional pathways of deep water upwelling from the Atlantic Ocean over Southern Ocean topography
August 16, 2017

A new study combines ocean observations with three state-of-the-art ocean models, revealing the full three-dimensional pathway of deep water to the surface of the Southern Ocean for the first time.

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.

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.

Buoyancy frequencies
March 16, 2017

A recent study highlights results obtained from an aircraft ocean survey that targeted a large warm core eddy in the eastern Caribbean Sea, where upper ocean measurements are crucial to understanding the complexities of heat and moisture transfer during the passage of tropical cyclones.

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