Thermohaline circulation hysteresis : A model intercomparison

  title={Thermohaline circulation hysteresis : A model intercomparison},
  author={Stefan Rahmstorf and Michel Crucifix and Andrey Ganopolski and Hugues Goosse and Igor Kamenkovich and Reto Knutti and Gerrit Lohmann and Robert Marsh and Lawrence A. Mysak and Zhaomin Wang and Andrew J. Weaver},
[1] We present results from an intercomparison of 11 different climate models of intermediate complexity, in which the North Atlantic Ocean was subjected to slowly varying changes in freshwater input. All models show a characteristic hysteresis response of the thermohaline circulation to the freshwater forcing; which can be explained by Stommel’s salt advection feedback. The width of the hysteresis curves varies between 0.2 and 0.5 Sv in the models. Major differences are found in the location… CONTINUE READING
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