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The ocean at the centre of the Earth: The Southern Ocean and its role in climate

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The great Southern Ocean encircling Antarctic plays a central role in setting the global climate. It couples the global ocean with the atmosphere and cryosphere, and is disproportionally dominant in the exchange of climatically critical properties such as heat and carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the reservoir of the abyssal ocean.

Despite its importance, the Southern Ocean is poorly observed and our understanding of its dynamics, particularly in response to observed anthropogenic forcing, are still evolving. In this talk I will discuss the role of the Southern Ocean within the Antarctic and global climate, and present recent research, both by myself and others. This will be accessible to a general audience and touch on observational work, modelling, theory and future predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Sciences Group series.

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