Ocean temperatures rising faster than thought in 'delayed response' to global warming: scientists - The Japan Times
Japantimes.co.jp - Fri 11 Jan 12:32 GMT

Ocean temperatures rising faster than thought in 'delayed response' to global warming: scientists - The Japan Times

The world's oceans are rising in temperature faster than previously believed as they absorb most of the world's growing climate-changing emissions, scienti

  The world’s oceans are rising in temperature faster than previously believed as they absorb most of the world’s growing climate-changing emissions, scientists said Thursday.

  The warming, measured since 1960, is faster than predicted by scientists in a 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that looked at ocean warming, according to the study, published this week in the journal Science.

  For the last 13 years, an ocean observing system called Argo has been used to monitor changes in ocean temperatures, Cheng said, leading to more reliable data that is the basis for the new ocean heat records.

  Cheng explained that oceans are the energy source for storms, and can fuel more powerful ones as temperatures — a measure of energy — rise.

  Cheng said that the oceans, which have so far absorbed over 90 percent of the additional solar energy trapped by rising emissions, will see continuing temperature hikes in the future.