Cold waters that sank in polar regions hundreds of years ago during the Little Ice Age are still impacting deep Pacific Ocean temperature trends. Image: Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Deep Pacific Ocean is still cooling because of the Little Ice Age - Earth short science news

Deep Pacific Ocean is still cooling because of the Little Ice Age that occurred in the 16th century.

This surprising conclusion was reached by modelling of sea water temperatures and currents, and further confirmed by comparison with temperature recordings in the 1870s and recent ones.

Thus, the cooling or warming (as is happening now) of the ocean’s surface has a long-term impact on temperatures at greater depths, and even influences how much the climate is heating up today.

Read the full story: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Scientific publication: Science


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