2017 was the warmest year on record for the global ocean

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2018
Date published: 03/2018
Authors: Lijing Cheng, Jiang Zhu
Journal title: Advances in Atmospheric Sciences
Volume: 35
Issue: 3
Pages: 261 - 263
ISSN: 0256-1530

2017 was the warmest year on record for the global ocean according to an updated Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP, CAS; http://english. iap.cas.cn/) ocean analysis. The oceans in the upper 2000 m were 1.51 × 1022 J warmer than the second warmest year of 2015 and 19.19×1022 J above the 1981–2010 climatological reference period (Fig. 1). For comparison, total electricity generation in China in 2016 was 0.00216 × 1022 J, which is 699 times smaller than the increase in ocean heat in 2017.

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