Research provides new perspectives on recent changes in the Atlantic Ocean

Research provides new perspectives on recent changes in the Atlantic Ocean

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27 May 2016

26 May 2016 - Any substantial weakening of a major North Atlantic ocean current system would have a profound impact on the climate of north-west Europe, including the UK.

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation - part of which is known as the Gulf Stream - has been observed over the past 10 years, and has been seen to weaken over that time, raising the question of whether the weakening has been caused by climate change. New Met Office research published today instead suggests that the trend is likely due to variability over decades.

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