Ocean temperatures are rising far faster than previously thought, report says

Cesar Mills
January 13, 2019

The global team analyzed a number of new studies assessing ocean temperatures to conclude that ocean warming is "stronger" than predicted by previous research.

"Recent observation-based estimates show rapid warming of Earth's oceans", read the report, which used four independent studies to track ocean heat content from 1971 to 2010.

A resident of Pariahan village pumps drinking water from a well, on November 28, 2018 in Bulacan, north of Manila in the Philippines. The fallout could include rising sea levels, destruction of corals, severe weather systems and a decrease in ice sheets and glaciers.

"The global warming signal is a lot easier to detect if it is changing in the oceans than on the surface".

The paper claims that ocean heating is a critical maker for global warming because an estimated 93% of excess solar energy gets trapped by greenhouse gases that accumulate in the oceans around the globe. As a outcome, ocean warming has also accelerated faster than scientists expected.

"The fairly steady rise in OHC [ocean heat content] shows that the planet is clearly warming", the report stated, adding that rising sea levels and temperatures should be concerning, "given the abundant evidence of effects on storms, hurricanes and the hydrological cycle, including extreme precipitation events".

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Mr Hausfather said: "While 2018 will be the fourth warmest year on record on the surface, it will most certainly be the warmest year on record in the oceans, as was 2017 and 2016 before that". This ocean-monitoring battalion, called Argo, has provided consistent and widespread data on ocean heat content since the mid-2000s.

And if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gases, "models predict that the temperature of the top 2,000 metres of the world's oceans will rise 0.78 degrees Celsius by the end of the century", it said.

"2018 is going to be the warmest year on record for the Earth's oceans".

The new analysis shows that the warming of the oceans corresponds to the measurement data of the rising air temperatures. Ocean temperatures are reportedly not affected by functions that occur annually like El Nino.

The study authors say the warming is happening because of climate change created by such human activities as the burning of fossil fuels. This means that "the ocean is saving us from massive warming right now", Malin L. Pinksy of Rutgers University told the New York Times. It has also contributed to increases in rainfall intensity and stronger, longer-lasting storms, such as Harvey in 2017 and Florence in 2018. If no actions are taken ("business as usual"), the upper ocean above 2000 meters will warm by 2020 ZetaJoules by 2081-2100, which is about 6 times larger than the total ocean warming during the past 60 years.

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