The oceans are warming faster than scientists thought - CNN
CNN - Thu 10 Jan 23:35 GMT

The oceans are warming faster than scientists thought - CNN

The ocean is warming at an accelerated rate and is much warmer than scientists thought and could get a lot worse if nothing is done to stop climate change.

  (CNN) The world's oceans are warming at an accelerated rate and are much warmer than scientists thought -- and things could get a lot worse if nothing is done to stop climate change, according to a new study .

  The oceans are heating up much faster than scientists calculated in the UN assessment of climate change released in 2014 For the new study, scientists used data collected by a high-tech ocean observing system called Argo , an international network of more than 3,000 robotic floats that continuously measure the temperature and salinityof the water.

  "The ocean is the memory of climate change, along with melted ice, and 93% of the Earth's energy imbalance ends up in the ocean," said study co-author Kevin Trenberth , part of the Climate Analysis Section at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research.

  Ocean temperatures around Florence trended 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) warmer than normal, contributing to about 10% more moisture available in the atmosphere.

  If humans don't do anything to mitigate climate change, warming in the upper part of the ocean will be six times higher by 2081-2100 than total ocean warming in the past 60 years, researchers estimate.