Understanding the role of ocean dynamics in climate variability
The ocean plays a key role in regulating Earth's mean climate, both because of its massive heat capacity, but also its heat transport by slow-moving circulations and other dynamics. In principle, fluctuations in such ocean heat transport can influence the variability in the climate, by impacting the sea-surface temperature (SST) variability and in turn the atmospheric variability through surface heat exchange, but this is incompletely understood, particularly in the extratropics. The goal of this dissertation is to clarify the role of ocean dynamics in climate variability, first focusing on the ...
(For more, see "View full record.")