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    The influence of ocean variations on the climate of Ireland

    McCarthy, Gerard D. and Gleeson, E. and Walsh, S. (2015) The influence of ocean variations on the climate of Ireland. Weather, 70 (8). pp. 242-245. ISSN 1477-8696

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    The influence of the ocean circulation on the climate of Ireland is more subtle than it first appears. Temperatures in Ireland are warmer than similar Pacific maritime climates. It is heat ‐ carried primarily in the Atlantic overturning circulation ‐ released over the Atlantic that provides this additional warmth. We investigate variations in Irish climate using long‐term station‐based time series. The Atlantic multidecadal oscillation (AMO) explains over 90% of the pronounced decadal temperature and summer precipitation variation. Understanding the impact of these ocean variations when interpreting long climate records, particularly in the context of a changing climate, is crucial.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Variability; Surface Heat-Flux; Meridional Overturning Circulation; North-atlantic; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences; Ireland; Precipitation variability; Ocean circulation; Climate;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12186
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    Depositing User: Gerard McCarthy
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 17:22
    Journal or Publication Title: Weather
    Publisher: Royal Meteorological Society
    Refereed: Yes

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