Agulhassystem as a Key Region
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften Kiel, FB1 Ozeanzirkulation und Klimadynamik
The Agulhas system at the interface between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean is an important region in the global oceanic circulation with a recognized key role in global climate and climate change. Comprehensive analysis of the high-resolution regional model nested in a global coarse-resolution ocean model revealed the importance of mesoscale eddies in the exact representation in the region, its impact on the large-scale thermohaline circulation, and its relative importance compared to other sources emerging from the subpolar North Atlantic.
Based on the success of the original proposal that led to tantalizing new views of the dynamics of this regime, we propose a continuation and extension of the model integrations to further elucidate the role of the Agulhas Current system in the global climate system. Scientifically this proposal is connected to DFG and BMBF funded projects.