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Remote forcing of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current by diapycnal mixing

Geophysical Research Letters 38 (2011)

DR Munday, LC Allison, HL Johnson, DP Marshall

We show that diapycnal mixing can drive a significant Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) volume transport, even when the mixing is located remotely in northern-hemisphere ocean basins. In the case of remote forcing, the globally-averaged diapycnal mixing coefficient is the important parameter. This result is anticipated from theoretical arguments and demonstrated in a global ocean circulation model. The impact of enhanced diapycnal mixing on the ACC during glacial periods is discussed. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

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