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The conference brings together the international community of scientists studying climate variability in the North Atlantic to discuss recent results, identify new problems and challenges and explore potential impacts on climate.
The meeting is a joint initiative between the EU funded THOR and the German BMBF funded “North Atlantic” programmes, and will explore the scientific understanding of Atlantic variability on a range of time scales, with a main focus of the role of the AMOC.

The EU FP7 THOR “Thermohaline overturning - at risk?” project was launched in December 2008 and has brought together 20 higher educational and research institutions of 9 European countries under the coordination of the University of Hamburg (Detlef Quadfasel). The project investigates the impact of the Oceans on the climate change with focus on the short-term stability of the thermohaline overturning. The goal of the project is to provide reliable forecasts for the next 15-25 years, in order to estimate the impacts on the ecosystem and on the population in Europe.

The BMBF North Atlantic project is a consortium effort of leading oceanographic institutions of Northern Germany, acting under the coordination of the University of Hamburg (Detlef Stammer). The research focus of the consortium is on detection of changes in the circulation and on the understanding of the role of the North Atlantic in relation to the transport of energy, CO2 emissions in the global change and the coupling and exchange mechanisms between Atlantic and North Sea.









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