EGU23-1796, updated on 21 Mar 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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Intermittent Behavior in the AMOC-AMV Relationship  

Alessio Bellucci1, Denis Mattei2, Paolo Ruggieri3, and Luca Famooss Paolini4,5
Alessio Bellucci et al.
  • 1Italian National Research Council, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Bologna, Italy (CNR-ISAC) (
  • 2University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  • 3Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  • 4Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Bologna, Italy
  • 5University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy

The connection between the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) and the Atlantic multidecadal variability (AMV) is inspected in a suite of pre-industrial integrations from the 6th phase of the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project (CMIP6), using a change-point detection method to identify different AMOC-AMV co-variability regimes. A key finding of this study is that models robustly simulate multi-decadal windows where the AMV and the AMOC are essentially uncorrelated. These regimes coexist with longer periods with relatively high correlation. Drops and recoveries of correlation are found to be often abrupt and confined in a temporal window of the order of 10 years. Phenomenological evidence suggests that the no-correlation regimes may be explained by drops in the variance of the AMOC: a less variable meridional heat transport leads to a suppressed co-variability of the AMV, leaving a larger role for non-AMOC drivers, consistent with a non-stationary AMOC-stationary noise interpretative framework.

How to cite: Bellucci, A., Mattei, D., Ruggieri, P., and Famooss Paolini, L.: Intermittent Behavior in the AMOC-AMV Relationship  , EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-1796,, 2023.

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