New study linking warming with disrupted Atlantic flow has scientists “grumpy”

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According to Science – Ars Technica (This article and its images were originally posted on Science – Ars Technica July 25, 2018 at 09:51AM.)

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Enlarge / The blue “warming hole” in the North Atlantic seems to be related to changes in Atlantic Ocean circulation. (credit: NOAA)

Last week, Nature published a climate science study that reached a very surprising conclusion—one that other climate scientists are taking issue with. Two other scientists penned a critical response and posted it at Real Climate the same day, outlining their issues with the study’s findings.

This kind of argument could be left to play out among scientists, but the BBC News covered the study without skeptical counterweight, so we thought it would be worth explaining what the arguments are about.

AMOC run amok

The study by Xianyao Chen of the Ocean University of China and Ka-Kit Tung at the University of Washington focused on the large-scale movement of water in the Atlantic Ocean. In this section of the ocean “conveyor belt” that wraps around the world, surface water is carried toward the pole before mixing downward around Greenland and heading south along the ocean floor.

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This article and its images were originally posted on [Science – Ars Technica] July 25, 2018 at 09:51AM. All credit to both the author  and Science – Ars Technica | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.





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