The future of the thermohaline circulation - a perspective

Stocker, Thomas F.; Knutti, Reto; Plattner, Gian-Kasper (2001). The future of the thermohaline circulation - a perspective. In: Seidov, Dan; Haupt, Bernd J.; Maslin, Mark (eds.) The Oceans and Rapid Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future. Geophysical Monograph Series: Vol. 126 (pp. 277-293). American Geophysical Union 10.1029/GM126p0277

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Evidence from paleoclimatic archives suggests that the ocean atmosphere system has undergone dramatic and abrupt changes with widespread consequences in the past. Climatic changes are most pronounced in the North Atlantic region where annual mean temperature can change by 10° C and more within a few decades. Climate models are capable of simulating some features of abrupt climate change. These same models also indicate that changes of this type may be triggered by global warming. Here we summarize what is known about such future changes and discuss the state of our knowledge about these potential threats to the stability of the Earth System.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Stocker, Thomas and Plattner, Gian-Kasper

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0065-8448

ISBN:

0-87590-985-X

Series:

Geophysical Monograph Series

Publisher:

American Geophysical Union

Language:

English

Submitter:

BORIS Import 2

Date Deposited:

21 Jul 2022 16:35

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1029/GM126p0277

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/161017

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/161017

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