Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Latest Ocean Heat Content Numbers

The numbers for ocean heat content for the first quarter of 2014 are in; the annual changes are

0-700 m region: +0.45 W/m2
0-2000 m region: +0.36 W/m2

which are positive but considerably lower than recent quarters(*).

(*) numbers are change in OHC divided by the planet's entire surface area.

For the 0-2000 meter region, a quadratic fit to OHC is still better than a linear fit; the acceleration term has increased to +0.07 W/m2 per year.

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