Rapid Climate Change (RAPID and RAPID-WATCH)
The Rapid Climate Change programme (RAPID) is an effort to understand the causes of sudden changes in the Earth's climate. Its continuation programme, RAPID - Will the Atlantic Thermohaline Circulation Halt? (RAPID-WATCH), aims to build on RAPID and deliver a decade-long (2004-2014) time series of observations of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC). Studies of past climate have shown that large changes can occur over timescales as small as ten or twenty years.