The Overturning Circulation
The stability of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation
At the 2013 Scientific Steering Committee meeting in Shanghai, China, the SOOS Steering Committee identified the top gaps in observations for each of the 6 SOOS Science Themes that should be identified as "priority observations" for the coming years. SOOS encourages the community to develop field initiatives to address these key gaps and to highlight their contribution to the international SOOS effort through SOOS endorsement or other connections.
Theme 2 Priority ObservationsSOOS has identified a list of candidates for consideration as EOVs. The SOOS physical oceanographic variables build on the efforts of GCOS-OOPC-GOOS. Air-sea flux variables have been developed through the SOOS Air-Sea Flux Task Tem and resulting workshop and have recently been approved by GCOS for inclusion in the global Essential Climate Variable (ECV) list.
Key Observation Platforms
- IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: Synthesis report. Summary for Policymakers. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Clark, P.U., Pisias, N.G., Stocker, T.F. and Weaver, A.J., 2002: The role of the thermohaline circulation in abrupt climate change, Nature, 415: 863-869.
- Marinov, I., Gnanadesikan, A., Toggweiler, J.R. and Sarmiento, J.L., 2006: The Southern Ocean biogeochemical divide, Nature, 441: 964-967.