RAPID AMOC: Monitoring the Atlantic Overturning circulation

Monitoring the AMOC at 26°N

Monitoring changes in the AMOC is important for understanding decadal climate variability and change. The RAPID array across the Atlantic at 26°N has now observed the AMOC continuously for 10 years, and revealed greater variability than expected.

Low AMOC events in 2009-10 and 2010-11 coincided with cold winters in Europe and suggest a previously unsuspected role for the AMOC in climate variability. Understanding this requires a longer time series of observations, so the array will continue until 2020.

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