Global Warming Slowing Ocean Currents
New research reveals Earth’s major ocean currents are slowing down, and there are real-world impacts for global weather patterns and sea levels. The slowdown of ocean circulation is directly caused by warming global temperatures and has been predicted by climate scientists.
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) transports water across the planet’s oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. The region contributing to the slowdown is the North Atlantic, according to the research due mainly to the meaning ice sheets in Greenland contributing both to a rise in sea levels and decrease in local salinity.