Advances in Earth Science ›› 2010, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (2): 140-146. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2010.02.0140

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Advances in the Study of the Climatic Effect of Southern Ocean Freshwater Flux

Ma Hao, Li Chun   

  1. Physical Oceanography Laboratory & Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Climate Laboratory, Ocean University of China, Qingdao  266100, China
  • Received:2009-04-21 Revised:2009-09-14 Online:2010-02-10 Published:2010-02-10
  • Contact: Hao Ma
  • Supported by:

    National Science Fund For Distinguished Young Scholars

Ma Hao, Li Chun. Advances in the Study of the Climatic Effect of Southern Ocean Freshwater Flux[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2010, 25(2): 140-146.

Southern Ocean Freshwater Flux (SOFF) once plays an important role in the evolvement of paleoclimate. The Antarctic ice-melting event makes SOFF become the focus of climatologists′ attention. Existing research results in various ocean-atmosphere coupled models are comprehensively analyzed based on three aspects: the impact of SOFF on global thermohaline circulation and sea-level change and the propagation path of anomalous signal induced by SOFF. A wide range of different viewpoints on the SOFF are summarized; controversial questions are discussed and valuable research directions in the future are suggested. Furthermore, a perspective on the research prospect of this topic under global warming is provided.


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