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Research article
11 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 11 Nov 2016

Response of the AMOC to reduced solar radiation – the modulating role of atmospheric chemistry

Stefan Muthers, Christoph C. Raible, Eugene Rozanov, and Thomas F. Stocker

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The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is an important oceanic circulation system which transports large amounts of heat from the tropics to the north. This circulation is strengthened when less solar irradiance reaches the Earth, e.g. due to reduced solar activity or geoengineering techniques. In climate models, however, this response is overestimated when chemistry–climate interactions and the following shift in the atmospheric circulation systems are not considered.
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