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Variability of the Meridional Overturning Circulation and the Heat and Salt Transport in the South Atlantic - Analysis of Data and Numerical Models Output

Grant number: 11/23931-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Physical Oceanography
Principal researcher:Edmo José Dias Campos
Grantee:Fabrício Sanguinetti Cruz de Oliveira
Home Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/50552-4 - Impact of the Southern Atlantic on the global overturning circulation (MOC) and climate (SAMOC), AP.PFPMCG.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):12/09804-2 - Variability of the meridional overturning circulation and the heat and salt transport in the South Atlantic: interpretation and validation of numerical simulations, BE.EP.PD

Abstract

Variations in the South Atlantic Meridional Overtuning Circulation (MOC) are strongly linked to important climatic changes. Up to date, the greater part of the observations of the MOC have been concentrated in the North Atlantic. In the recent years, a concentrated international effort have been implemented in the South Atlatnci, with the support of FAPESP (Thematic Project SAMOC, Proc. 2011/50552-4). The work here proposed will be conducted in the context of the thematic project and will focus in the evaluation of the impacts of changes in the Agulhas "leakage"on the circulation and heat and Salt transport tin the South Atlantic, and, consequently, on the coastal zones along the South American Continent.