Climate Change and Ocean Circulation Systems

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
September 28, 2020 zoom recording by Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Amy Bower, Ph.D., Senior Scientist; Chair Dept of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hoke Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Dr. Bower explains the structure and dynamics of deep ocean currents and the vital role of these currents in maintaining the Earth's climate. She discusses the concern among climate and ocean scientists about one of the major systems, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and the implications of a slowdown in that system. Dr. Bower also describes the technical challenges of measuring systems like the AMOC.