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Tracking ocean heat uptake during the surface warming hiatus
Liu, W.; Xie, S.-P.; Lu, J. (2016). Tracking ocean heat uptake during the surface warming hiatus. Nature Comm. 7(10926): 9 pp. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/ncomms10926
In: Nature Communications. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2041-1723, more
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    Marine

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  • Liu, W.
  • Xie, S.-P.
  • Lu, J.

Abstract
    Ocean heat uptake is observed to penetrate deep into the Atlantic and Southern Oceans during the recent hiatus of global warming. Here we show that the deep heat penetration in these two basins is not unique to the hiatus but is characteristic of anthropogenic warming and merely reflects the depth of the mean meridional overturning circulation in the basin. We find, however, that heat redistribution in the upper 350m between the Pacific and Indian Oceans is closely tied to the surface warming hiatus. The Indian Ocean shows an anomalous warming below 50m during hiatus events due to an enhanced heat transport by the Indonesian throughflow in response to the intensified trade winds in the equatorial Pacific. Thus, the Pacific and Indian Oceans are the key regions to track ocean heat uptake during the surface warming hiatus.

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