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Seminar

Title : Last Interglacial inter-hemispheric transmission of Agulhas Leakage controlled by the western South Atlantic
Name of the speaker : Ana Luiza Albuquerque
Affiliation : Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil
Laboratory organizer : LSCE
Date and time : 03-12-2018 10h30
Location : Orme des Merisiers, bât. 714, pièce 1110
Summary :

The intensification of the Agulhas Leakage (AL) during glacial Terminations has long been proposed as a required mechanism to return the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) to its interglacial mode. However, the lack of records that shows the downstream evolution of the AL signal throughout the Atlantic and the large temporal differences between AL intensification and resumption of deep-water convection cast doubt on this mechanism. Our new data show that during glacial Termination II, AL dense waters recirculated in the surface and thermocline layers of the subtropical South Atlantic until they were abruptly released to the Northern Hemisphere in two pulses. These pulses were synchronous to the two deep-water reactivation intervals recorded in the high latitudes of the North Atlantic at 129 and 124 ka. Our results connect AL intensification to AMOC resumption and suggest that not only a strong AL is required, but also a favorable tropical Atlantic ocean-atmosphere configuration is required.