Jan 18, 2016

Industrial-era global ocean heat uptake doubles in recent decades

Peter J. Gleckler, Paul J. Durack, Ronald J. Stouffer, Gregory C. Johnson, Chris E. Forest
Nature Climate Change
  • Examines ocean heat content changes in the context of the Earth’s global energy budget since early in the industrial era (circa 1865–2015) for a range of depths

  • Analysis suggests that nearly half of the industrial-era increases in global ocean heat content have occurred in recent decades, with over a third of the accumulated heat occurring below 700 m and steadily rising