Lawrence River would have weakened the thermohaline circulation
by less than 15 percent.
In the absence of mitigation, the ocean's thermohaline circulation
was projected to decline by 35-45 per cent, 60-80 per cent of species were projected to be at risk, virtually all of the world's coral reef area was projected to be damaged, and the irreversible melting of the Greenland ice sheet was a certainty.
Throughout the 20th century, rising concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide warmed the atmosphere and ocean surface, but not enough to slow the thermohaline circulation
The global ocean-circulation "conveyor belt" is known to be highly sensitive to temperature and salinity, resulting in so-called thermohaline circulation
2000) to Long Island Sound for the purpose of describing the seasonal cycle in thermohaline circulation
, and we used her model set-up with contemporary forcing and boundary conditions.
Schneider detailed such speculative effects as a possible collapse of the North Atlantic thermohaline circulation
(the Day After Tomorrow scenario, though on a much less dramatic timetable), and the deglaciation of polar ice sheets in Greenland and the West Antarctic, causing many feet of additional sea-level rise.
Of particular interest is the ocean's Conveyor Belt or thermohaline circulation
, since both temperature and salinity are at the root of its existence.
or collapse of the thermohaline circulation
due to increased river
is responsible for moving great amounts of thermal energy around the globe, influencing the planet's climate.
This process, called thermohaline circulation
, happens in just two regions of the Earth's polar areas.
Historic and geographic evidence going back thousands of years indicate that variations of the Atlantic multi-decadal thermohaline circulation
tend to occur on periods of 25-50 years," according to the CSU report.
25 - Dave Battisti, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington, "Mechanisms Responsible for Abrupt Climate Change: Thermohaline Circulation