Strengths and weaknesses of the global ocean conveyor: Inter-basin freshwater disparities as the major control

Bernd Haupt, Dan Seidov

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According to the current paradigm of modern climatology and oceanography, the global ocean thermohaline circulation works as the so-called "global ocean salinity conveyor belt" - a system of currents connecting different ocean basins and most notably - the northern North Atlantic and northern North Pacific Oceans - the most distant regions of the world ocean. It is shown here that a slight disparity in freshwater redistribution between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans can be sufficient for building up and maintaining a global conveyor-type ocean thermohaline circulation. On the other hand, relatively small changes in this disparity leading to change in sea surface salinity contrasts between and in the north-south within the northern parts of these two oceans can easily change the conveyor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-369
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Oceanography
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aquatic Science
  • Geology

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