Huge pool of heat in the Pacific caused by climate change

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The image shows the increase in water temperature in the North Pacific Ocean fro
The image shows the increase in water temperature in the North Pacific Ocean from 1996 to 2021 (Pacfic warming pool). The measured values are given in degrees Celsius increase per decade. The white outline represents the 2019-2021 marine heat wave, which is located in the area of the ’warming pool’. Photo: UHH/CLICCS/A. Barkhordarian

A long-term warm water body that continues to warm has now been discovered by a team from the CLICCS Cluster of Excellence at the University of Hamburg. It is three million square kilometers in size, is due to the human-induced increase in greenhouse gases, and favors extreme heat waves in the Northeast Pacific.

Dr. Armineh Barkhordarian now proves in the journal Nature Communications Earth and Environment that this pool cannot be explained by natural climate variations - it has been created by human influence. -This pool of heat will continue to raise water temperatures in the future, leading to more frequent and stronger local heat waves in the ocean. This is pushing ecosystems to their limits-, explains Barkhordarian, an expert in atmospheric sciences. ...

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