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The atmosphere and the oceans respond at very different rates to stimuli such as additions of heat. This allows climate, over the short term to be predicted by calculations of atmospheric conditions that are largely uncoupled from calculations of the general oceanic circulation. Over the long term, the oceans can store information about past-climatic conditions that cumulatively impact their large scale motions. For century-long climate predictions, interactions between the ocean and atmosphere circulations become critical. However an uncertainty in such predictions arises from an incomplete understanding of the atmosphere-ocean coupling, which entails exchanges of heat, momentum and mass. The research group co-financed by the Commission has brought together meteorologists, oceanographers, fluid dynamicists and chemical engineers to investigate this issue. The results have been presented in three Annual Reports and published as scientific papers. The developments will be incorporated into a coupled-atmosphere-wave-ocean model in the future.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18356 EN (1998) 73pp.
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-4878-7
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