World’s Oceans Are Warming Quicker And Deeper, Scientists Say

2016-01-21T13:14:41+00:00 January 21, 2016|
Global mean land-ocean temperature changes from 1880, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. (Credit: NASA GISS)

(Click to enlarge) Global mean land-ocean temperature changes from 1880, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The black line is the annual mean and the red line is the 5-year running mean. (Credit: NASA GISS)

The Earth’s oceans are absorbing more and more heat from a warming world, and the pace of the temperature rise is increasing with each passing decade, researchers have discovered.

(From Alaska Dispatch News) — In the past two decades alone, the oceans have taken up more than half the increase in heat created by the world’s outpouring of greenhouse gases during the entire industrial era, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported Monday following a study of ocean temperature records dating back more than a century.

Most of that heat has been absorbed in the upper 2,300 feet of the oceans, but an ever greater amount is reaching into deeper ocean levels — a mile and more down, said Peter J. Gleckler, a Livermore physicist and climate scientist who led the research.

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