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Volume 6, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 591-615, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 591-615, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 21 Sep 2015

Research article | 21 Sep 2015

The impact of oceanic heat transport on the atmospheric circulation

M.-A. Knietzsch et al.
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