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Ocean heat content

Description

  • The warming of the World Ocean accounts for approximately 93 % of the warming of the Earth system during the last six decades. Warming of the upper (0–700 m) ocean accounted for about 64% of the total heat uptake.
  • An increasing trend in the heat content in the uppermost 700 m depth of the World Ocean is evident over the last six decades. Recent observations show substantial warming also of the deeper ocean (between 700 m and 2 000 m depth and below 3000 m depth).
  • Further warming of the oceans is expected with projected climate change. The amount of warming is strongly dependent on the emissions scenario.

Reference information

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Source:
EEA

Keywords

Ocean, clim044, climate, heat content

Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures, Sea Level Rise

Elements

Observations and Scenarios

Sectors

Marine and Fisheries

Geographic characterization

Europe

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