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Hailu Kong and Malte F. Jansen

1. Introduction The Southern Ocean plays a crucial role in Earth’s climate and global ocean dynamics. It connects major ocean basins through its Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the associated meridional overturning circulation (MOC). Both of these components are fundamentally driven by surface wind stress, which has been increasing for decades and is projected to further increase in the future (e.g., Swart and Fyfe 2012 ). An important question therefore is how the ACC and MOC respond

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Kewei Lyu, Xuebin Zhang, John A. Church, and Quran Wu

1. Introduction More than 90% of the excess heat stored in the climate system from anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is stored in the ocean, leading to global ocean thermal expansion and sea level rise ( Church et al. 2011 ; Rhein et al. 2013 ). The Southern Hemisphere (SH) oceans are one of the key regions in absorbing and storing the anthropogenic heat. For example, the oceans south of 30°S, while occupying only 30% of the global ocean surface area, account for 75% of ocean surface heat

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A. M. Treguier, J. Le Sommer, J. M. Molines, and B. de Cuevas

depletion have been shown to contribute to the SAM upward trend, which is expected to continue in the future ( Arblaster and Meehl 2006 ). Ocean biogeochemistry is suspected to respond strongly to this climate signal. The SAM upward trend could have increased the ventilation of carbon rich deep water, possibly controlling the strength of the Southern Ocean carbon dioxide sink ( Lenton and Matear 2007 ; Lovenduski et al. 2008 ; Le Quéré et al. 2007 ) and accelerating ocean acidification ( Lenton et al

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Madeleine K. Youngs, Glenn R. Flierl, and Raffaele Ferrari

1. Introduction The Southern Ocean is a dominant contributor to the global carbon and heat budgets, and thus helps determine global climate. The dynamics of the Southern Ocean are dominated by two counterrotating residual overturning cells of about ~10 Sv (1 Sv ≡ 10 6 m 3 s −1 ) each ( Lumpkin and Speer 2007 ) forced by surface buoyancy fluxes that transfer tracers from the deep to the surface along isopycnals. In particular, the isopycnal slopes, or equivalently the thermal wind transport

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Andrew Mc C. Hogg, Michael P. Meredith, Jeffrey R. Blundell, and Chris Wilson

1. Introduction The Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) is a dynamically unique current encircling the Antarctic continent ( Rintoul et al. 2001 ). The ACC plays a vital role in communicating water masses between the three major ocean basins, as well as controlling the oceanic poleward heat flux in the Southern Hemisphere. The primary mechanisms for heat transport in the surface waters are eddy heat flux and ageostrophic Ekman transport, since there is no mean geostrophic flow across the

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Zachary S. Kaufman, Nicole Feldl, Wilbert Weijer, and Milena Veneziani

high-latitude atmospheric circulation anomalies and strong polar cyclones over the Weddell Sea ( Francis et al. 2018 ; Jena et al. 2019 ; Cheon and Gordon 2019 ; Campbell et al. 2019 ). While both the 1974–76 and 2016–17 events demonstrate connections between deep convection and interannual high-latitude climate variability, observations of open-ocean polynyas in the Southern Hemisphere high latitudes are still sparse. Important questions remain regarding how polynya heat loss may have

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Taka Ito and John Marshall

1. Introduction The abyssal ocean contains by far the largest volume of waters in the global ocean, dominating the oceanic inventory of heat, nutrients, carbon, and other geochemical tracers. The deep meridional overturning circulation ventilates the deep waters from a few selected regions in the northern North Atlantic and the polar Southern Ocean. Our focus in this paper is on the deep overturning circulation of the Southern Ocean. The circulation of the Southern Ocean is dominated by the

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Alice Barthel, Andrew McC. Hogg, Stephanie Waterman, and Shane Keating

1. Introduction Southern Ocean dynamics impact the distribution of heat, salt, and nutrients in the global ocean, thus affecting climate and fisheries worldwide ( Rintoul and Naveira Garabato 2013 ). These dynamics also play an essential role in air–sea fluxes of CO 2 ( Le Quéré et al. 2007 ). The circulation in the Southern Ocean is expected to change in a warming climate through the combined effects of changes in freshwater fluxes ( Downes and Hogg 2013 ) and a projected increase, and

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William G. Large, Edward G. Patton, Alice K. DuVivier, Peter P. Sullivan, and Leonel Romero

1. Introduction The Southern Ocean plays a disproportionately important role in the climate system by taking up more than 40% of the global ocean’s anthropogenic carbon inventory ( Khatiwala et al. 2009 ) and by ventilating a significant fraction of recently warmed deep waters ( Purkey and Johnson 2010 ; Kouketsu et al. 2011 ). Therefore, it is problematic that ocean general circulation models (OGCMs) have long struggled to represent the Southern Ocean faithfully. In coupled solutions of the

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Damien Irving, Ian Simmonds, and Kevin Keay

substantial masses of cold polar air ( Parish and Bromwich 2007 ). Once over the relatively warmer waters of the Southern Ocean, this cold air is associated with intense upward heat fluxes. These fluxes, in addition to the baroclinicity caused by the strong temperature contrast between the sea ice and open water as well as the instability caused by cold air over relatively warmer water, provide an ideal environment for mesoscale cyclogenesis (e.g., Yanase and Niino 2007 ). The importance of mesoscale

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