How Ocean Currents Affect Global Climate
Florida State University oceanographer Kevin Speer has a â€œnew paradigmâ€ for describing how the worldâ€™s oceans circulate â€” and with it he may help reshape scienceâ€™s understanding of the processes by which wind, water, sunlight and other factors interact and influence the planetâ€™s climate.
Working with John Marshall, an oceanography professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Speer reviewed â€” or essentially synthesized â€” vast amounts of previous data on ocean circulation (including their own earlier papers). As a result, they have created what Speer calls a new paradigm in the study of ocean currents on a global scale. Their work is publshed in the journal Nature Geoscience.