Ocean-atmosphere coupling

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The ocean and atmosphere are mutually interdependent. In particular, water that evaporates from the ocean causes the atmosphere to become hotter and more humid. This phenomenon affects atmospheric movements (winds), which in turn affect ocean circulation and so on: the temperature of air masses in contact with the ocean is modified and, conversely, ocean currents are driven by dominant winds. These ocean-atmosphere interactions are a major factor in weather forecasting and a key element in our understanding of climate.