A fragile balance: Wind conditions influence water circulation and CO2 concentrations in Southern Ocean, a study shows

The sea encircling Antarctica acts as a huge mixer for water from all the ocean basins – and this circulating pattern influences the exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) between the ocean and the atmosphere. A study by an international team of researchers, led by Dr. Torben Struve from the University of Oldenburg’s Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), has now established that this complex equilibrium of water masses reacts highly sensitively to wind conditions over the Southern Ocean. It is published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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