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dc.contributor.authorSchmitt, Raymond W.  Concept link
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-09T17:09:59Z
dc.date.available2019-01-09T17:09:59Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-15
dc.identifier.citationSchmitt, R.W. 2018. The ocean’s role in climate. Oceanography 31(2):32–40en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1912/10821
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © The Oceanography Society, 2018. This article is posted here by permission of The Oceanography Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Schmitt, R.W. The ocean’s role in climate. Oceanography 31(2): (2018): 32–40, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2018.225.en_US
dc.description.abstractOceanographers have arrived late to the climate problem. Continuous climate records longer than a century or more are available for many cities, but are unheard of for the ocean. In the last 30 years, there has been great progress in expanding ocean observations to the point that we can start to address climate problems, but the shortness of the records is a constant impediment to progress. Of course, we are also now in an era when the climate problem looms larger than ever. Once the unhurried domain of state climatologists, the rapid buildup of atmospheric CO2 in the industrial era has turned climate into one of the most critical of all research topics. While we remain limited by short time series, the basics physics of the climate system assures a significant place for the ocean because it dominates the planetary reservoirs of heat, water, and CO2. This article summarizes the ocean’s essential contributions to the maintenance of Earth’s climate and asserts the need for sustaining a high quality ocean observing system for the long durations necessary to observe and understand climate.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipJulian Schanze and Sam Levang assisted with figures. Support was provided by National Science Foundation grant OCE-1433132.en_US
dc.publisherThe Oceanography Societyen_US
dc.titleThe ocean's role in climateen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.5670/oceanog.2018.225


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