Sea level pattern from circulation changes

    Sea level change after overturning collapse
    • The oceanic overturning circulation crosses the Atlantic twice - once from South Africa towards the American coast and then back in the North toward Europe.
    • When the circulations stops the change in currents needs to be balanced geostrophically by sea level changes which leads to a sea level rise of up to 1m in the North Atlantic.


    C. F. Schleussner, K. Frieler, M. Meinshausen, J. Xin, A. Levermann
    Emulating Atlantic overturning strength for low emission scenarios: consequences for sea-level rise along the North American east coast
    Earth System Dynamics 2 (2011), 191-200.
    bibtex entry - endnote entry

    Overturning sea-level change
    A. Levermann, A. Griesel, M. Hofmann, M. Montoya, S. Rahmstorf
    Dynamic sea level changes following changes in the thermohaline circulation
    Climate Dynamics, 24 (2005),  347-354.
    bibtex entry

    Press release
    Changes in Ocean Circulation Could Lead To Rapid Regional Sea Level Change (4 Apr. 2005)