Studies say Atlantic Ocean's circulation is slowing down

Atlantic Ocean Currents Have Slowed Down to a 1,000 Year Low

Atlantic Ocean Currents Have Slowed Down to a 1,000 Year Low

Atlantic ocean which is the second largest ocean in the world, is slowing down and the water current is slowing down.

To put into perspective how sharp of a change that 15 percent is, the Atlantic Ocean has seen a decrease of about 3 million cubic meters of water per second, which is equal to the amount of water in 15 Amazon rivers. That's a decrease of 3 million cubic meters of water per second, the equivalent of almost 15 Amazon rivers.

In recent years, however, man-made climate change has led to ice melt in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic, as freshwater drains into the ocean, with its density causing Atlantic Ocean currents to slow down. According to NBC News, this could make climate conditions more volatile in different parts of the globe, including Europe, which could be besieged by extreme storms and winters, and the U.S. East Coast, where sea levels could keep rising, potentially disrupting the fishery business as waters continue to warm.

Some of the AMOC's disruption may be driven by the melting ice sheet of Greenland, another effect of climate change that is altering the region's water composition and interrupts the natural processes. But in an interview with NBC News, Yale University climate scientist Alexey Fedorov said that the two studies suggest the AMOC's collapse might happen sooner than expected, and that existing climate models, which predicted the collapse taking place sometime in the 22nd century, might have been too conservative.

This study, which was also published in the journal Nature, found that the AMOC has slowed over the past 150 years, and similarly found that it is now weaker than at any time in more than a millennium. AMOC plays an important role in regulating the global climate but the climate change is slowing down its current.

"The last 100 years has been its lowest point for the last few thousand years", said Jon Robson, a researcher at the University of Reading and one of the study's authors.

"These two new papers do point strongly to the fact that the overturning has probably weakened over the last 150 years", Robson commented.