Volume 91 Issue 35 | p. 15 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 2, 2013

Slower Warming Trend Explained

Climate: Model ties Pacific Ocean heat cycling to pace of temperature rise
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: global warming, oceans, Pacific, El Nino, La Nina, Pacific Decadal Oscillation

Like cold bathwater, unusually cool surface water in the tropical Pacific Ocean can help explain why the average surface air temperature around the globe has slowed its warming trend, a study suggests (Nature 2013, DOI: 10.1038/nature12534).

The findings indicate that the global air temperature flattening observed during the past 15 years reflects Earth’s natural climate variability and is temporary, says climate scientist Andrew E. Dessler of Texas A&M University, who . . .

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