Climate change: why the oceans matter

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The role of our oceans in climate change is more complicated than you might think.

The world’s oceans are truly vast, covering 71% of Earth’s surface and containing 97% of Earth’s water. If we are concerned about factors that affect the global climate, we need to look at the oceans as well.

As with most areas of climate change (that is, a change in the average surface temperature of Earth), the role that oceans play is complex. The main factors involved are ocean-generated compounds (including water vapour) escaping into the atmosphere; carbon dioxide dissolving in sea water; and the role of the oceans as a heat sink.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationScience in School
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2017


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