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Applied Mathematics Colloquium | Mary-Louise Timmermans, Summer heat overwinters in the Arctic OceanExport this event to calendar

Thursday, May 11, 2017 — 2:30 PM EDT

MC 6460

Speaker

Professor Mary-Louise Timmermans 
Yale University

Title

Summer heat overwinters in the Arctic Ocean

Abstract

The talk will address the implications of a warming Arctic Ocean on the overlying sea-ice cover.  In recent years, atypically warm water layers have been observed at depth in the Arctic Ocean. These derive from intense summertime solar heating in expansive ice-free regions. Heat that is stored in the shallow ocean can be released in the fall and winter by shear-driven mixing, and convective mixing by the release of dense plumes during sea-ice growth, reducing the net sea-ice growth. On the other hand, deeper warm ocean layers remain unaffected. I'll show that under continued warming, there exists the possibility for a regime shift in ocean ventilation by these warm waters, and a subsequent cap on the storage of deep-ocean heat. 

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