Sensitivity of Southern Ocean overturning to wind stress changes: Role of surface restoring time scales

@inproceedings{Zhai2014SensitivityOS,
  title={Sensitivity of Southern Ocean overturning to wind stress changes: Role of surface restoring time scales},
  author={Xiaoming Zhai and David R. Munday},
  year={2014}
}
The influence of different surface restoring time scales on the response of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation to wind stress changes is investigated using an idealised channel model. Regardless of the restoring time scales chosen, the eddy-induced meridional overturning circulation (MOC) is found to compensate for changes of the direct wind-driven Eulerian-mean MOC, rendering the residual MOC less sensitive to wind stress changes. However, the extent of this compensation depends… CONTINUE READING