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SOFIE: SOUTHERN OCEAN OVERTURNING FINGERPRINT EXPERIMENT

Most recently signed economic, political, and social agreements such as the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, or the FAO's Blue Growth Initiative have as common objective the strengthening of the global response to the threat of climate change holding the increase in the global average temperature well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels. Aside of the implementation of ambitious plans on adaptation and mitigation, our ability to contain climate change within safe limits depends largely on the evolution of the ocean circulation.Due to its powerful role in modulating the global rate of carbon and heat absorption,there is a critical and urgent need to develop an approach to assess changes in Southern Ocean overturning circulation, in order to better determine its role in global environmental change and to increase our resilience to such change.

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