Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Research article
22 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 22 Mar 2024

Diagnosing the causes of AMOC slowdown in a coupled model: a cautionary tale

Justin Gérard and Michel Crucifix

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We used cGENIE, a climate model, to investigate the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) slowdown under a warming scenario. We apply a diagnostic that was used in a previous study (Levang and Schmitt, 2020) to separate the temperature from salinity contribution to this slowdown. We find that, in our model, the initial slowdown of the AMOC was driven by temperature and that salinity takes the lead for the termination of the circulation.
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