The new study, published Thursday in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that anthromanic world warming is threatening to interfere with a system of currents in the Atlantic Ocean and are affecting weather across the world.
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) belongs to a great system of ocean currents known as the Gulf Stream, which carries warm water from the tropics to the North Atlantic Ocean.
This natural redistribution of heat has long been taking great steps to stabilise weather and regional climates.
Other climate models indicate that the AMOC will degrade in the course of the next century, but that a collapse before 2100 is unlikely.
The new study, published on Thursday in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that this situation may be more grave than previously thought.
As a result of analysing shallow sea temperatures and Atlantic salinity, the study says weakening over the last century rather entails loss of stability.
“The mere possibility that the AMOC tipping point is close should be motivation enough for us to take countermeasures. The consequences of a collapse would likely be far-reaching.”Levke Caesar
Leanne Caesar, a climate physicist at Ireland ‘The mere possibility that the AMOC tipping point is close should be motivation enough for us to take countermeasures. The consequences of a collapse would likely be far-reaching.