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Ocean response to greenhouse warming

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Mikolajewicz,  Uwe
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

Santer,  Benjamin D.
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

Maier-Reimer,  Ernst
MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Mikolajewicz, U., Santer, B. D., & Maier-Reimer, E. (1990). Ocean response to greenhouse warming. Nature, 345, 589-593. doi:10.1038/345589a0.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-F7F6-4
Abstract
Changes in surface air temperature resulting from a doubling in atmospheric carbon dioxide drive changes in ocean circulation. Results from an ocean general circulation model project a global mean sea level rise from thermal expansion alone to be 19cm in 50 years. Regional values, however, can vary: a rise of 40cm is projected in the North Atlantic (owing to reduction of deep-water formation), whereas the level of the Ross Sea actually falls through changes in ocean circulation.