Integrated Assessment of Changes in the Thermohaline Circulation
January 2001 until December 2005
Stefan Rahmstorf
PIK number / OEH

The thermohaline circulation (THC) is an ocean circulation pattern in the North Atlantic that greatly contributes to today’s mild European climate. Climate change may induce a regional or even global disruption of the THC in the future. This will probably lead to an abrupt cooling in the Northern parts of Europe. The INTEGRATION project will provide some answers to questions like: How likely is an occurrence of a THC disruption? What are the potential impacts on climate, land- and sea-borne ecosystems, and human societies? And what can be done to reduce the risks of such an abrupt ocean circulation shift?