That might sounds alarmist, but the metaphor was elucidated simply by the study's lead author, Lijing Cheng, an associate professor at the International Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The research released this week is based on data from numerous sources and showed that the seas in 2019 were the warmest in recorded human history. Though 2019 was the most stifling year for the world's oceans, researchers say this is part of a longer, frightening trend that's continued unabated for a decade.
Out of this analysis, they found that over the past 60 years, the more recent warming was about 450 per cent that of the earlier warming, which reflected a huge increase in the rate of climate change globally.
The study stated oceans have warmed steadily between 1955 and 1986 and warming has increased more rapidly in the last few decades.
"If you want to understand global warming, you have to measure ocean warming". Other than the human emissions of gases that trap heat, there are no sensible alternatives to explain this warming.
"It is critical to understand how fast things are changing", said John Abraham, co-author and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of St. Thomas in the US. The key to answering this question is in the oceans - that's where the vast majority of the heat ends up.
However, the oceans will take more time to respond to atmospheric and land environments.
"We used actual ocean observations but since there are gaps in the data, an ocean model was used to interpolate the gaps, providing a more comprehensive global estimate of heat content", Mann said.
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In 2019, the ocean temperature was about 0.135 degrees Fahrenheit (0.075 degrees Celsius) higher than the average between 1981 and 2010, an worldwide group of researchers reported on January 13 in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.
"The overall ocean warming means the natural variability creates hot spots and marine heat waves", said Cheng.
An worldwide team of 14 scientists examined data going back to the 1950s, looking at temperatures from the ocean surface to 2,000 meters deep.
Researchers also said that warming is one of the main reasons that the planet is experiencing increased catastrophic fires in the Amazon, California, and Australia.
Hotter oceans also expand, leading to sea level rises. "This manifestation of global warming has major consequences". It is documented that the blob has done great damage to marine life, from phytoplankton to zooplankton to fish - including 100 million cod - in marine animals such as whales.
"The more we reduce greenhouse gasses, the less the oceans will warm", said Cheng, suggesting that reduce, reuse and recycle are the major ways forward to clean-energy development.
The researchers are now examining how warming impacts oceans beyond temperature, including the water's buoyancy, which directly affects the distribution of nutrients and heat.