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Ocean Overturning and Heat Distribution
Source: NASA Aquarius
[19-Feb-10] Dr. Susan Lozier (Professor of Ocean Sciences, Duke University): "One of the concerns we've had is whether or not the salinity changes will impact what's called the very large-scale ocean overturning circulation, what many people refer to as the global ocean conveyer belt. And so that overturning of the ocean plays a large role in our climate. And not just (sort of) a climate that we think of in a really abstract sense but it really means a lot for the climate that we live in because that ocean overturning redistributes the heat."
Susan Lozier
Dr. Susan Lozier, Physical Oceanographer and the Ronie-Richelle Garcia-Johnson Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Download this movie.