What Is the Thermohaline Circulation?

  title={What Is the Thermohaline Circulation?},
  author={Carl Wunsch},
  pages={1179 - 1181}
  • C. Wunsch
  • Published 2002
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
The term "thermohaline circulation" is widely used in the context of past and future climate change. In his Perspective, Wunsch argues that there are many different, and inconsistent, definitions for this term. He defines ocean circulation in terms of mass fluxes, which are largely driven by surface forces such as wind and tides, and argues that thermohaline circulation should only refer to the separate transport of heat and salinity in the ocean. 
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