AMOC response to Perturbations in Wind and Buoyancy Forcing in the Subpolar North Atlantic
- 1Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is an important component of climate system and understanding what governs its variability is essential for improving climate predictability. Recent observational studies show large variability of overturning circulation in the subpolar latitudes with the dominant role of the eastern subpolar gyre, while the role of the wind and buoyancy forcing over the different regions remains underpinned. In this work, we use high-resolution (1/12°) targeted sensitivity experiments with the regional configuration of MITgcm for the North Atlantic. We show that our control experiment with repeated year forcing represents the major oceanic circulation patterns reasonably well and demonstrates similar strength of overturning with observational data from the OSNAP program. We investigate the oceanic response to changes in atmospheric forcing by setting the perturbations in surface momentum and buoyancy fluxes corresponding to the strong positive and negative phases of North Atlantic Oscillation.
How to cite: Markina, M., Johnson, H., and Marshall, D.: AMOC response to Perturbations in Wind and Buoyancy Forcing in the Subpolar North Atlantic, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9433, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-9433, 2022.