The Ocean Really is Cooling

The Ocean Really is Cooling
March 21st, 2009

THERE are 3,000 free-drifting buoys in the world’s ocean; first deployed in the year 2000 they allow continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean.

There has though been some difficulty in interpreting the data from these buoys. Initial signs of cooling were dismissed as due to technical errors subsequently corrected based on a small sample of the 3,000 buoys known as profiling floats.

Craig Loehle has analysed the data from only the profiling floats for ocean heat content from 2003 to 2008.   In a paper recently published in the journal Energy and Environment he has concluded that there has been ocean cooling over this period.

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2 Responses to “The Ocean Really is Cooling”

  1. starsandsky87

    Interesting data, I’ve been hearing we’re more headed towards the next ice age than outrageous heating.

  2. Dave Kanevsky

    We are not headed towards an ice age; we are in an ice age and enjoying an interglacial which allows us to prosper while it lasts.

    Recall that the earth cooled from the 30s to the 70s, and many people were hand wringing over the “coming ice age”.

    Dave K

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