As the main component of the earth's hydrosphere, the world ocean takes up more than 70% of its entire surface and at the same time plays an important role in shaping the climate on our planet. Due to global climate changes that are directly related to global warming, the temperature record of the world's oceans has been broken again. Scientists find that the average temperature of the sea water not only rose, but also continued to heat up at an alarming rate. Is it possible to prevent the terrifying consequences of rising temperatures in the oceans? Let's try to find out together in this article.
The oceans of the earth rise in temperature
According to an article published on Livescience.com, thanks to regular research and measurements of global ocean temperature, scientists have found an increase in the average temperature of around 0.075 degrees Celsius compared to the period from 1981 to 2010.
An international team of scientists and researchers managed to calculate the approximate amount of energy in the form of heat in the oceans. As it turned out, the thermal energy in the ocean is 228,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules higher than average due to the absorption of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere through active industrial and human activities. For a clear comparison, the amount of energy released during the atomic bomb explosion on Hiroshima is approximately 63,000,000,000,000 joules.
According to the scientists, the amount of heat currently prevailing in the oceans over the past 25 years due to the harmful effects of humans on the environment corresponds to 3.6 billion atomic bomb explosions in Hiroshima.
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Experts say there is currently no other explanation for the rapid heating of water in the oceans than harmful emissions from human activities.
During the study, the scientists took measurements at different locations in the ocean using different types of equipment and at different depths from the water surface to a depth of 2000 meters. When comparing the data obtained, experts found that the temperature of the sea water warmed 450% higher than in the previous period.
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Scientists are convinced that the oceans can be an excellent indicator of climate change because they can absorb most of the excess heat from the atmosphere. Rapid heating can lead to already known extreme weather conditions, an increase in sea level and a considerable deterioration of the habitat for many animal species.