This question is related to this question. I am currently trying to understand which currents in the North Atlantic are counted as part of the AMOC:

I am sure about the currents:

  1. N. Atlantic current
  2. Norwegian Current
  3. Gulf Stream

For the currents:

  1. Norwegan Current
  2. Baffin Bay
  3. Canarias current
  4. North Atlantic Deep Water Current
  5. Irminger Current
  6. West Greenland Current
  7. E Greenland Current
  8. Irminger Current
  9. North Iceland Irminger Current

I´m not so sure. I find some contradictory literature (I do know Wiki isn´t the best source but nice to get an overview) on these currents. Whilst some mention these currents, they are hardly mentioned in other literature.

Even this figure didn´t make it clear which currents are related towards the AMOC

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Do you have a good list of which currents are included?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm by no means an expert but you might be wrong with the gulf stream. As far as I know the AMOC is driven by thermohaline effects. The gulf stream, in contrast, is largely wind driven. $\endgroup$ Mar 10 at 11:39
  • $\begingroup$ Hi thanks :) but When I google I found this: The best known segment of this circulation (AMOC) is the Gulf Stream, a wind-driven gyre, which transports warm water from the Caribbean northwards. (Its from Wiki so this have to been taken with a grain of salt :)) $\endgroup$
    – Weiss
    Mar 10 at 11:42
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    $\begingroup$ I guess it boils down to definitions. To me saying that the AMOC is a thermohaline circulation, which wikipedia does, and then giving a wind driven circulation as an example makes no sense. $\endgroup$ Mar 10 at 11:49


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