Behind the Headlines The slowing Gulf Stream – What we know and potential impacts A breakfast science-policy discussion

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European Parliament


Location: European Parliament, Room ASP 5G1

In the past months a number of research studies have been published that the so-called Atlantic Meridional Ocean Circulation – of which the Gulf Stream is part – is likely slower than it has been for over 1000 years. As a result, there is some speculation that the circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean could slow or shut down as a result of global warming. Since this would have a substantial impact on the weather and climate in Europe, it is imperative to increase our knowledge of the processes influencing our oceans and climate, so that we can quantify the risk, develop early-warning indicators including fit for purpose ocean observing systems. Skilful predictions of weather and climate offer many benefits to society, particularly if we could accurately predict weather and climate for the coming seasons, and for the coming years.

We invite interested individuals to discuss with scientists what we know about the Atlantic Ocean circulation and its potential impacts.

The event is supported by the EU-funded Blue-Action project in collaboration with the AtlantOS project. Blue-Action is mandated to better understand and explain the impact of a changing Arctic on the weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere. AtlantOS is paving the way for a pan-Atlantic Ocean observing system, to collect the data we need to better understand and manage this ocean basin.