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Number Theory: How sea surface temperatures broke records in 2023

Jan 11, 2024 08:41 PM IST

Sea surface temperatures are important because sea temperature is among the big drivers of global climate

Data from Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has confirmed that 2023 was the warmest ever year on record and by a big margin. Other global temperature datasets are almost certain to confirm this trend, too. This was accompanied with another worrying trend in 2023: the highest recorded sea surface temperatures (SSTs). This is important because sea temperature is among the big drivers of global climate. Warmer oceans lead to more water vapour in the atmosphere, which feeds weather events such as rainfall, snowfall, and cyclones. It is obvious that big changes in SST will also affect the survival and migration patterns of marine life, which ultimately affects human life too. Here are four charts that describe SST trends in 2023.

Warmer oceans lead to more water vapour in the atmosphere, which feeds weather events like rainfall, snowfall, and cyclones.(FILE AFP)
Warmer oceans lead to more water vapour in the atmosphere, which feeds weather events like rainfall, snowfall, and cyclones.(FILE AFP)
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    Abhishek Jha is a data journalist. He analyses public data for finding news, with a focus on the environment, Indian politics and economy, and Covid-19.

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