Climate Change: Ocean Heat Waves Phenomena Increased In Frequency

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Climate change has a tendency to deal in averages. The progress is measured using the global mean temperature, and in addition to that, to project what that value will be in the future. However, what future climate change will be like is not always revealed by those average changes. Ocean heat waves are now more powerful than ever, affecting marine life.

While the average can be raised by increasing the temperature of every day by a tiny amount, a standard can also be boosted by throwing in an occasional extreme event. Extreme storms and ocean heatwaves indicate how bleach the future would be if we don’t tackle global warming.

Ocean heat waves increased in both power and frequency

According to a new paper, the oceans are also affected by extreme climate change, and it’s not that type of adverse effect that global warming boasted, typically. Based on the information provided by the new study, the frequency of ocean heat waves went up by more than 50 percent throughout the past century. The effects these events are having on marine life were also estimated by the researchers behind the new study. The conclusion is that some species are pushed toward the poles and they are not equally affected.

When scientists need to get some details on the behavior of the atmosphere, they track the frequency and extent of ocean heat waves and even determine if they have been influenced by climate change. In contrast to that, there is no widely-accepted theory on when ocean warming began or if heat waves occurred before 2016. The reason why that happens is the differences in the driving scale and process. The corresponding heat wave in the atmosphere can drive localized ocean heat waves. Large-scale current patterns drive events such as El Nino influence most of the Pacific, as well.


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