Scientists have long known that about 90 percent of the man-made global warming heat, goes into the world’s seas, instead of the ground.
The amount of global-warming heat energy absorbed by the oceans has doubled the last two decades.
The above image provided by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows Pacific and Atlantic meridional sections showing upper-ocean warming for the past six decades (1955-2011). Red colors indicate a warming (positive) anomaly and blue colors indicate a cooling (negative) anomaly.
Study co-author Paul Durack, an oceanographer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California, said:
“The changes we’re talking about, they are really, really big numbers. They are nonhuman numbers.
After 2000 in particular the rate of change is really starting to ramp up.”
Former chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon State University marine sciences professor Jane Lubchenco, said:
“These finding have potentially serious consequences for life in the oceans as well as for patterns of ocean circulation, storm tracks and storm intensity.”