Thermohaline circulation: The current climate

  title={Thermohaline circulation: The current climate},
  author={Stefan Rahmstorf},
  • S. Rahmstorf
  • Published 13 February 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
Heat and freshwater fluxes at the ocean's surface play a key role in forming ocean currents, which in turn have a major effect on climate. 

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  • C. Garrett
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • 2003
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