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Not Slowing Down

 

 

By Andrea Thompson
LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 27 February 2007
12:44 pm ET

 

 

Scientific evidence and Hollywood's "The Day After Tomorrow" have fueled fears that global warming could disrupt the Atlantic Ocean’s main circulation system and drastically alter global weather patterns, but there is no firm evidence that shows this is actually happening, says a prominent oceanographer.

 

The main ocean circulation system, called the global conveyor belt, helps redistribute heat around the planet. Warm surface water flows poleward from the tropics and cools, becoming denser and eventually sinking when it reaches the North Atlantic. The cooled water then returns along the bottom of the ocean to the tropics.

 

Scientists worry that because human-induced global warming seems to be increasing temperatures most rapidly at the poles, the air above the water will warm it up, preventing it from sinking and thus slowing down the circulation.

 

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“There’s reason that we might expect a slowdown,” said Susan Lozier of Duke University, who will present her research in an American Meteorological Society seminar on Wednesday. But she says there is no evidence yet to suggest that it is.

 

Lozier said there are problems detecting such changes because the ocean is so large and currents are highly variable, and “the ocean is really, really undersampled,” so scientists don’t have enough data to see long-term trends.

 

Circulation changes are also more complicated because salinity, or the concentration of salt in the water, also affects its density, while certain changes in salinity and temperature can compensate for each other.

 

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If the conveyor belt were to shut down, it would happen over decades, not days or years, Lozier said.

 

Lozier will call for more thorough monitoring of the ocean to better detect changes in ocean circulation and its impact on climate.

 

A shutdown could affect rainfall patterns, because ocean circulation is instrumental in determining global weather. Fellow AMS presenter Richard Seager, of Columbia University, will talk about how droughts in the American West, like the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, are connected to cooler, drier conditions in the Pacific and how models show that these droughts will become more prevalent in the next century.


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not entirely sure why the alphas came out white....

you will need to highlight or use your cursor to highlight to read

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not entirely sure why the alphas came out white....

you will need to highlight or use your cursor to highlight to read

wierd


Fixed.

 

I removed the formatting and then reformat the text.

 

This is a common problem when copying articles from websites and posting them here to the board. If you do not remove the original formatting before posting, the article's original formatting will sometimes cause all kinds of weird problems for the board.

 

Fortunately, this time, it was an easy problem to fix. 

 

 

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