Ocean warming doubles

Half of the increase in global ocean heat content since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades, according to a recent report.

Graphic of warming oceansWhy is that important? The information figures into projections about how much and how fast the Earth will warm and the seas rise in the future – or basically how it will affect all of us.The ocean absorbs more than 90% of the Earth’s excess heat increase that is associated with global warming.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, found that “in recent decades the ocean has continued to warm substantially, and with time the warming signal is reaching deeper into the ocean,” said LLNL’s Peter Gleckler, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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