How do the Southern Westerly Winds respond to rapid climate change?
This project is led by a high calibre interdisciplinary team of international scientists and aims to produce high quality data on how the Southern Westerly Winds (SWW) respond to largescale changes in climate boundary conditions over multiple glacial-interglacial cycles. The SWW are a key driver of Southern Hemisphere climate, Southern Ocean circulation and global CO2 concentrations. Thus, understanding how the SWW respond to changes in boundary conditions is critically important. There is considerable uncertainty about how the SWW respond to large-scale changes in climate boundary conditions. This uncertainty cripples attempts at predictive climate modelling. This project will (1) allow an empirical test for conceptual models of SWW dynamics and (2) provide essential boundary conditions for predictive climate models.