Ocean temperatures reached record level in 2019

Thursday 16th January 2020 | Jake

2019 was the hottest year on record in the world’s oceans, displaying, once again, the urgency and threat of the climate crisis.


The analysis, recently published in the journal Advances In Atmospheric Sciences, also shows the past ten years were the hottest years on record in the ocean. Lijing Cheng of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, developer of the cutting edge analysis method used for the project, bluntly explained the heating was “from the human emissions of heat-trapping gases”. The heating of the ocean will exacerbate the effects of the climate crisis, with an increase in extreme weather such as severe storms and unprecedented droughts. Higher temperatures will also negatively impact marine life, increasing acidification and the deoxygenation of the globe's oceans.


DW News examine rising Ocean temperatures

An international team of expert ocean scientists contributed to the journal outlining an accelerated rate of heating in the world’s oceans, with the rate from 1987 to 2019 almost five times faster than that from 1955 to 1986.

“We found that 2019 was not only the warmest year on record, it displayed the largest single-year increase of the entire decade,” said Prof Michael Mann, a member of the research team. Prof John Abraham, another member of the analysis team, struck a sober tone. “Using the oceans, we see a continued, uninterrupted and accelerating warming rate of planet Earth. This is dire news.”

You can download the full analysis by Dr. Cheng here