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The North Atlantic: natural variability and global change
Convener: M. Rhein 
Oral Programme
 / Thu, 26 Apr, 08:30–12:00  / 13:30–17:00  / Room 12
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Fri, 27 Apr, 10:30–12:00  / Hall X/Y
Poster Summaries & DiscussionsPSD7.16 

The North Atlantic exhibits a high level of natural variability from interannual to centennial time scales, making it difficult to extract trends from observational time series. Climate models, however, predict major changes in this region, which in turn will influence sea level and climate, especially in western Europe.

We welcome contributions from observers and modelers on the following topics:
-- climate relevant processes in the North Atlantic including ocean-atmosphere
-- interpretation of time series,
-- comparison and interpretation of North Atlantic changes in climate models
-- the role of the meridional overturning circulation, and
-- variability on a broad range of time scales
-- changes in adjacent seas related to changes in the North Atlantic
-- role of water mass transformation and circulation changes on anthropogenic
carbon and other parameters
-- linkage between the observational records and proxies from the recent past

Invited speakers:
Simon Josey "Exploring the surface forced variability of the North Atlantic circulation"

Mojib Latif "North Atlantic interannual and decadal variability: mechanisms and predictability"

Xiaoming Zhai: "Significant sink of ocean eddy energy near western boundaries and its potential influence on the large scale ocean circulation"