Oceans reached record temperatures again in 2019

James Marshall
January 15, 2020

It would take the energy of 3.6billion Hiroshima atom bomb explosions to recreate the temperature rise, researchers said.

In 2019, the ocean temperature was about 0.135 degrees Fahrenheit (0.075 degrees Celsius) higher than the average between 1981 and 2010, an worldwide group of researchers reported on January 13 in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.

"There are no reasonable alternatives aside from the human emissions of heat trapping gases to explain this heating", Cheng said.

That means that the ocean - which absorbs nearly all of the greenhouse gases humans spew into the atmosphere - has taken in 228 sextillian (228,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) joules of heat above its average, according to a statement.

To have increased to the level it has, the ocean will have absorbed 228,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (228 sextillion) joules of energy.

Professor Cheng added: "That's a lot of zeros indeed".

Since 1970, more than 90 percent of global warming heat has gone into the ocean, while less than four percent went into the land and atmosphere.

Researchers studied data from numerous sources including 3,800 Argo floats across the world's seas and oceans.

A new study published Monday shows that the Earth's oceans reached the highest temperatures and warmed the fastest since records began, highlighting the urgent need for global action to address the climate crisis before it's too late. The ocean has been the warmest in the past 10 years than it's been since measurements were first taken in the 1950s.

"The key to answering this question is in the oceans-that's where the vast majority of heat ends up", said Abraham.

"And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come". "However, the more we reduce greenhouse gasses, the less the ocean will warm".

"These manifestations of global warming have major consequences".

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