EGU General Assembly 2023
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Global climate teleconnections into and out of the North Atlantic Ocean

Matthew H. England, Bryam Orihuela-Pinto, and Andréa Taschetto
Matthew H. England et al.
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia (

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) has a profound impact on both global and regional climate, yet our understanding of the mechanisms controlling remote teleconnections remains limited. In addition, it is unclear how remote processes impact the North Atlantic and alter the strength of the AMOC.  In this presentation I will show how a slowdown in the AMOC can drive an acceleration of the Pacific trade winds and Walker circulation by leaving an excess of heat in the tropical South Atlantic. This tropical Atlantic warming drives anomalous atmospheric convection, resulting in enhanced subsidence over the east Pacific, and a strengthened Walker circulation and trade winds. Further teleconnections include a shift in the ITCZ, enhanced zonal SST gradients across the tropical Pacific, strengthened convection over the West Pacific Warm Pool, and a deepening of the Amundsen Sea Low off Antarctica.  Teleconnections back to the North Atlantic can in turn be triggered by Southern Hemisphere wind anomalies on a relatively rapid time-scale via propagating planetary waves in the ocean.  There is also evidence that tropical Pacific cooling can feedback and influence the strength of the AMOC.  These findings have implications for understanding both intrinsic decadal climate variability as well as longer-term climate change.

How to cite: England, M. H., Orihuela-Pinto, B., and Taschetto, A.: Global climate teleconnections into and out of the North Atlantic Ocean, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-10569,, 2023.

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