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AGU journal highlights -- Oct. 16, 2008
Date:10/16/2008

odel ocean circulation in the Amundsen Sea. They find that influx of CDW is related to regional wind forcing, which can drive seasonal on-shelf flow that varies in strength from year to year. A modeled period of warming following low CDW influx in the late 1980s and early 1990s coincides with a period of observed thinning and acceleration of Pine Island Glacier, suggesting that CDW fluctuations may be driving the observed glaciological changes.

Title: Modelling Circumpolar Deep Water intrusions on the Amundsen Sea continental shelf, Antarctica

Authors: Malte Thoma: British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, U.K.; now at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany;

Adrian Jenkins: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany;

David Holland: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Stan Jacobs: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, U.S.A.

Source: Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) paper 10.1029/2008GL034939, 2008; http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008GL034939


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Ozone is a key species in the troposphere. A strong greenhouse gas and a main component of photochemical smog, its presence affects the lifetime of methane and many other hydrocarbons. Ozone, a powerful oxidizing agent that quickly reacts with organic compounds to produce toxic species, also is harmful to respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Measurements of ozone are therefore essential for air quality. Noting that satellite observations cover wide areas in short time, Eremenko et al. use data from the infrared atmospheric sounding interferometer (IASI), launched in October 2006 on board Europe's MetOp-A satellite, to compile the first day-by-day tro
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