Spin-up and adjustment of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and global pycnocline

@inproceedings{Allison2011SpinupAA,
  title={Spin-up and adjustment of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and global pycnocline},
  author={Lesley C. Allison and Herman Leonall Johnson and Daniel Patrick Marshall},
  year={2011}
}
A theory is presented for the adjustment of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and global pycnocline to a sudden and sustained change in wind forcing. The adjustment timescale is controlled by the mesoscale eddy diffusivity across the ACC, the mean width of the ACC, the surface area of the ocean basins to the north, and deep water formation in the North Atlantic. In particular, northern sinking may have the potential to shorten the timescale and reduce its sensitivity to Southern Ocean… CONTINUE READING

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