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  1. Abstract

    During the last deglaciation Earth’s climate experienced strong and abrupt variations, resulting in major changes in global temperature, sea level, and ocean circulation. Although proxy records have significantly improved our understanding of climate during this period, questions remain regarding the connection between ocean circulation evolution and resulting geotracer distributions, including those of deep waters in the Pacific. Here we use the C‐iTRACE simulation, a transient ocean‐only, isotope‐enabled version of the Community Earth System Model, to better understand deglacial deep Pacific radiocarbon evolution in the context of circulation and reservoir age changes. Throughout the deglaciation, the Pacific Ocean circulation in C‐iTRACE responds strongly to glacial meltwater forcing, leading to large changes in deep Pacific Δ14C age. A multi‐millennial weakening of the overturning circulation from 20 to 15 ka BP leads to increases in deep Pacific Δ14C ages, but from 20 to 18 ka BP, nearly half (40%–60%) of this aging is controlled by changing surface reservoir age, corroborating previous studies showing that Δ14C is not solely a circulation age tracer. As the deglaciation proceeds, circulation change controls progressively more of the Δ14C age, accounting for more than 75% of it across the deep Pacific from 15 to 8 ka BP.

     
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  2. Abstract

    The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) variability is suggested to be incoherent between the subpolar and subtropical gyres in the Atlantic on interannual and even decadal time scales, questioning the representativeness of AMOC variability at a single latitude in modern observation and paleoreconstruction. Paleoreconstructions of the Florida Current transport suggest that Florida Current variability is associated with the AMOC on the millennial time scale, but the Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) mooring array suggests a weak correlation between the Florida Current and the AMOC. In this study, we investigate the meridional coherence of AMOC variability and the relationship between the Florida Current variability and the AMOC variability on different time scales in a transient 20,000‐year simulation. We find that with the increase of time scales, the meridional coherence of the AMOC increases. On decadal and longer time scales, the coherent subtropical and subpolar AMOC is caused by the coherent buoyancy forcing in the subpolar gyre. Also, the Florida Current transport is highly correlated with AMOC variability on decadal and longer time scales, suggesting that observations of the Florida Current can be used to indicate AMOC variability on long time scales.

     
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  3. Abstract

    Neodymium (Nd) isotopic composition (εNd) is an important tracer for water mass mixing and the reconstruction of past ocean circulation. To allow for a direct model‐data comparison, we have implemented Nd isotopes in the ocean component of the Community Earth System Model (CESM1.3). The model is able to capture the major features of the observed modern distribution of bothεNdand Nd concentrations. Our model provides a useful tool for the interpretation ofεNdreconstructions. For example, we show that in an idealized North Atlantic freshwater hosing experiment,εNdchanges in the Atlantic are documenting primarily the changes in water mass mixing and are hardly affected by the concomitant and large changes in the marine biological productivity and organic matter fluxes. However, the hosing experiment also shows that the end‐member changes due to the change of ocean circulation can influence the interpretation ofεNdin the Atlantic, depending on the location. The implementation of Nd, together with other existing tracers, such as δ18O,231Pa/230Th, δ13C, and radiocarbon in the same model, can improve our understanding of past ocean circulation significantly.

     
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