Ocean-atmosphere dynamics and climate

Research area 1

We do fundamental research on the dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans and their influence on climate. We apply and develop theory and conceptual models to gain insight into the underlying mechanisms that govern the oceanic and atmospheric circulation. This understanding is then used to interpret simulations using complex global climate models aimed at understand past and present climates as well as to predict future climate change.
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Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC 

Winds, waves and currents within Earth’s fluid envelope play a central role in climate. Such motions transport heat around the globe exerting a fundamental control on the global temperature distribution. The atmospheric circulation also plays a key role in shaping the global distributions of humidity and precipitation and of minor constituents such as CO2, aerosols, and ozone. These constituents can absorb and reflect solar and thermal radiation, profoundly influencing local and global temperatures. The ocean circulation, on the other hand, transports salt and biogeochemical properties such as dissolved inorganic carbon and nutrients, which play a crucial role for the Earth's marine ecosystems and the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.

The Bolin Centre’s Research Area 1 conducts fundamental research into the nature and impact of large-scale wind patterns in the atmosphere and currents in the ocean. Research methods range from complex global climate models to simple conceptual models and theory and observational analyses. Some work tackles global questions such as how, where and when surface water in the oceans sinks to the deep oceans, while other work takes a more regional focus on areas of special interest such as the Baltic Sea. The research activities span time periods ranging from studies of the Eocene warm climate about 50 million years ago, to the glacial cycles of the last million years, and to the prediction of future climate change and impacts as a result of warmth-producing gasses from human activities.


Research Area 1 Co-Leader
Torben Königk

Swedish Meteorological
and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
60176 Norrköping

Phone: +46 11 495 86 10

Torben Königk, SMHI | Bolin Centre

Research Area 1 Co-Leader
Thorsten Mauritsen
Department of Meteorology (MISU)
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

Phone: +46 72 940 81 22
Thorsten Mauritsen, MISU, stockholm University
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