சூடேறும் கடல்கள்

கடலின் வெப்பம் அதிகரித்து வருவதாக சீன மற்றும் அமெரிக்க விஞ்ஞானிகள் மேற்கொண்ட ஒரு ஆய்வு தெரிவிக்கிறது. கடந்த பல ஆண்டுகளில் நடத்தப்பட்ட, மூன்று வேறு ஆய்வுகளை வைத்து இந்த ஆய்வு மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டது.

இந்த மூன்று ஆய்வுகளும் உலகின் வெவ்வேறு கடல் பகுதிகளில் செய்யப்பட்டவை. ஆனால், எந்தப் பகுதி கடலாக இருந்தாலும் சரி, கடலின் வெப்பநிலை அதிகரித்து வருவதையே காட்டுவதாக ஆய்வாளர்கள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

பூமி வெப்பமாதல் என்பது, உண்மையில் கடல் வெப்பமாதல் என்று கூட சொல்லலாம் என்று சீன மற்றும் அமெரிக்க விஞ்ஞானிகள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

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Ocean warming

The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, “global warming” is really “ocean warming.” If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established.

These difficulties are tackled by oceanographers, and a significant advancement was presented in a paper just published in the journal Climate Dynamics. That paper, looked at three different ocean temperature measurements made by three different groups. They found that regardless of whose data was used or where the data was gathered, the oceans are warming.

Currently, the research teams are using the ARGO fleet, which contains approximately 3800 autonomous devices spread out more or less uniformly across the ocean, but these only entered service in 2005. Prior to that, temperatures measurements were not uniform in the oceans. As a consequence, scientists have to use what is called a “mapping” procedure to interpolate temperatures between temperature measurements. Sort of like filling in the gaps where no data exist. The mapping strategy used by scientists can affect the ocean temperature measurements.

The team looked at the different ways that three groups make decisions about mapping, bias, and climatology.  They not only analysed how much the oceans are warming, but how the warming differs for various areas (ocean basins) and various depths. We found that each ocean basin has warmed significantly.

Study confirms again a robust global ocean warming since 1970. An improved ocean observation network is required to monitor the ocean change: extending the observations in the boundary currents systems and deep oceans (below 2000-m) besides maintaining the Argo network.

Source : Dinamalar and Guardian

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