A new study led by AOS Collaborator Thomas Frölicher (ETH Zurich) assesses the uptake, transport and storage of anthropogenic carbon and heat in the Southern Ocean in a new set of couple carbon-climate Earth System Models conducted for the fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). The study shows that the Southern Ocean accounts for 43% of anthropogenic CO2 and 75% of heat uptake by the ocean over the historical period, underscoring the significant role the Southern Ocean plays in global climate. AOS Director Jorge Sarmiento is a coauthor of the study along with GFDL Scientists, David Paynter, John Dunne, John Krasting and Mike Winton. The study was recently published in the Journal of Climate.
Southern Ocean Plays Dominant Role in Anthropogenic Carbon and Heat Uptake in CMIP5 Models
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014