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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-129-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-129-2017
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22 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 22 Feb 2017

Changes in the seasonal cycle of the Atlantic meridional heat transport in a RCP 8.5 climate projection in MPI-ESM

Matthias Fischer, Daniela I. V. Domeisen, Wolfgang A. Müller, and Johanna Baehr

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In a climate projection experiment with the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM), we find that a decline in the Atlantic Ocean meridional heat transport (OHT) is accompanied by a change in the seasonal cycle of the total OHT and its components. We found a northward shift of 5° and latitude-dependent shifts between 1 and 6 months in the seasonal cycle that are mainly associated with changes in the meridional velocity field rather than the temperature field.
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