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Rapid climate change: scientific challenges and the new NERC programme

By M.A. Srokosz

Abstract

In this paper the scientific challenges of observing, modelling, understanding and<br/>predicting rapid changes in climate are discussed, with a specific focus on the role<br/>of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation. The palaeo and present-day observational<br/>and modelling studies being carried out to meet these challenges, under the aegis of a new NERC Rapid Climate Change thematic programme (RAPID), are outlined.<br/>In particular, the paper describes the work being done to monitor changes in the<br/>meridional overturning circulation of the North Atlantic. The paper concludes with<br/>some speculative comments about potential mechanisms for rapid changes

Topics: GC
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:249
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