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Ocean Surface Topography from Space
Hot & Cold?
November 01, 2006

Argo float shortly before recovery by Japanese Coast Guard
An Argo float shortly before recovery by the Japan Coast Guard vessel Takuyo.
Image credit: Japan Coast Guard
The average temperature of the water near the top of Earth's oceans has significantly cooled since 2003. New research suggests global warming trends are not always steady in their effects on ocean temperatures.

Although the average temperature of the upper oceans has significantly cooled since 2003, the decline is a fraction of the total ocean warming over the previous 48 years.

Short-Term Ocean Cooling Suggests Global Warming 'Speed Bump' (press release)

Recent Cooling of the Upper Ocean
(PDF 3.3 Mb - paper)

Recent cooling of the upper ocean (AGU abstract)

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