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The Southern Ocean Observing System

Rintoul, Stephen R.; Meredith, Michael P.; Schofield, Oscar; Newman, Louise. 2012 The Southern Ocean Observing System. Oceanography, 25 (3). 68-69. 10.5670/oceanog.2012.76

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Abstract/Summary

The Southern Ocean includes the only latitude band where the ocean circles the earth unobstructed by continental boundaries. This accident of geography has profound consequences for global ocean circulation, biogeochemical cycles, and climate. The Southern Ocean connects the ocean basins and links the shallow and deep limbs of the overturning circulation (Rintoul et al., 2001). The ocean's capacity to moderate the pace of climate change is therefore influenced strongly by the Southern Ocean's circulation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.5670/oceanog.2012.76
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Polar Oceans
ISSN: 1042-8275
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 28 Aug 2012 16:08
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/19384

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