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Impacts of Agulhas Leakage on the Tropical Atlantic Western Boundary Systems

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Author(s):
Castellanos, P. ; Campos, E. J. D. ; Piera, J. ; Sato, O. T. ; Silva Dias, M. A. F.
Total Authors: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Climate; v. 30, n. 17, p. 6645-6659, SEP 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 5
Abstract

The influx of warmer and saltier Indian Ocean waters into the Atlantic-the Agulhas leakage-is now recognized to play an important role in the global thermohaline circulation and climate. In this study the results of a (1)/12 degrees simulation with the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model, which exhibit an augmentation in the Agulhas leakage, is investigated. This increase in the leakage ought to have an impact on the meridional oceanic volume and heat transports in the Atlantic Ocean. Significant linear trends found in the integrated transport at 20 degrees, 15 degrees, and 5 degrees S correlate well with decadal fluctuations of the Agulhas leakage. The augmented transport also seems to be related to an increase in the latent heat flux observed along the northeastern coastline of Brazil since 2003. This study shows that the precipitation on the Brazilian coast has been increasing since 2005, at the same location and with the same regime shift observed for the latent heat flux and the volume transport. This suggests that the increase of the Agulhas transport affects the western boundary system of the tropical Atlantic Ocean, which is directly related to an increase in the precipitation and latent heat flux along the western coast. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/08572-3 - Oceanic inter-hemispheric exchanges: Tropic-Extratropic Conecctions in the South Atlantic - analyses of observations and numerical results
Grantee:Paola Maria Castellano Ossa Fernandes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/50552-4 - Impact of the Southern Atlantic on the global overturning circulation (MOC) and climate (SAMOC)
Grantee:Edmo José Dias Campos
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 08/58101-9 - Impact of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean on South American climate for the 20th and 21st centuries
Grantee:Tercio Ambrizzi
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/11366-1 - The role of the South Atlantic in the distribution of heat and mass balance in the global circulation: hiatus of climate change?
Grantee:Paola Maria Castellano Ossa Fernandes
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor