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Ocean Current Could Lead To Cooling Of Northern Hemisphere Climate

August 22, 2011 Comments off

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The research vessel Knorr navigates the Iceland Sea while taking measurements of the Jet. Image WHOI

The research vessel Knorr navigates the Iceland Sea while taking measurements of the Jet. Image WHOI

An international team of researchers has confirmed the presence of a deep-reaching ocean circulation system off Iceland that could have “important ramifications” for ocean circulation’s impact on climate in the Northern Hemisphere.

The current, called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ), contributes to a key component of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as the “great ocean conveyor belt,” which is critically important for regulating Earth’s climate.

Climate specialists have been concerned that the conveyor belt is Read more…