Heat transport

The plots below shows heat transport as calculated from the RAPID data by Johns et al in 2010.

The heat flux data can be downloaded from the RSMAS data page:

Johns, W. E., Baringer, M. O., Beal, L. M., Cunningham, S. A., Kanzow, T., Bryden, H.L., Hirschi, J.J.-M., Marotzke, J., Meinen, C.S., Shaw, B., and Curry, R.: Continuous, array-based estimates of Atlantic Ocean heat transport at 26.5 N, J. Climate, 24, 2429 - 2449, 2011.

data plot

Figure 3. Meridional heat transport (top) and the maximum value of the meridional overturning streamfunction (bottom) calculated from RAPID data. Light lines show the total variability; heavy lines show the variability attributable to the geostrophic circulation, after the direct influence of Ekman transport fluctuations are removed. Vertical MOC structure from April 2004 to October 2 007.

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