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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-6-591-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-6-591-2015
Research article
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21 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 21 Sep 2015

The impact of oceanic heat transport on the atmospheric circulation

M.-A. Knietzsch, A. Schröder, V. Lucarini, and F. Lunkeit

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A general circulation model with an aquaplanet setup is used to study the impact of changes in the oceanic heat transport (OHT) on the atmospheric circulation. The atmosphere counterbalances the imposed changes in OHT. A stronger OHT leads to a decline in the intensity and a poleward shift of the maxima of both the Hadley and Ferrel cells. The efficiency of the climate machine, the intensity of the Lorenz energy cycle and the material entropy production of the system decline with increased OHT.
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