Is the thermohaline circulation (THC, also known as the ocean conveyor belt) at risk from climate change?
Check out this excellent video documenting the research gathered over four years (2008-2012) by scientists from 9 countries in Europe. http://vimeo.com/54353956
The THC distributes 15 to 20 million cubic meters of water per second. That is more than 15 to 20 times as much water as in all the rivers in the world. If the belt has actually been impacted by climate change – or could be impacted by the freshwater (melting from the glaciers and the ice sheet) and from the increased ocean temperature, the impact would be quite severe — impacting all of Europe.
This 20-minute video is an excellent scientific explanation of the THC and of the factors that impact the THC.
We finally have some good news, by the way.