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Advances in Earth Science  2000, Vol. 15 Issue (6): 654-660    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2000.06.0654
ZHOU Tian-jun,WANG Shao-wu,ZHANG Xue-hong
①LASG,Institute of Atmospheric Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100029,China;②Geophysics Department of Peking University,Beijing 100871,China
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The activity of the great ocean conveyor,i.e. the thermohaline circulation, and its link to climate variability, is a new problem noticed by international scientific community since the late of 1990s.The objective of this paper is to provide a summary of the conveyor' s operation in global climate system.Both the conceptual diagram depicting the conveyor belt and the important role of it in the climate system have been addressed. Our current research status, together with the future research emphases designated by international scientific plans, is summarized. Emphasis has been put on the revelation of the role of the thermohaline circulation in global climate system.

Key words:  Thermohaline circulation      Global climate system      Climate variability.     
Received:  26 October 1999      Published:  01 December 2000
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ZHOU Tian-jun,WANG Shao-wu,ZHANG Xue-hong. COMMENTS ON THE ROLE OF THERMOHALINE CIRCULATION IN GLOBAL CLIMATE SYSTEM. Advances in Earth Science, 2000, 15(6): 654-660.

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