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  Quantifying the ocean's effect on Europe's climate

Photo of article Europe's moderate climate is strongly influenced by the North Atlantic thermohaline ocean circulation (THC) that transports heat from the tropics to the shores of Europe. In 2005, research suggested that the THC may be slowing down, which could have dramatic effects on climate, in particular in Northern Europe. Further investigation was needed. For four years, “Thermohaline Overturning: At Risk?” (THOR), a project under the FP7, explored the dynamics of this circulation. Coordinated by Prof. Detlef Quadfasel at the University of Hamburg, THOR comprised a consortium of 21 scientific groups from 9 European countries. Together, they studied the stability of this oceanic circulation and quantified its impact on the regional climate.

Published: 6 September 2013



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