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The Layers of Meaning in Levitus

May 10, 2013

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

There have been a lot of electrons sacrificed on the altar of the discussion of the Levitus ocean heat content data. The oddity seems to be that the deep ocean is gaining heat faster than the upper ocean. Here’s a typical graphic showing the issue:

global ocean heat content levitusFigure 1. Changes in the ocean heat content for two layers, 0-700 metres and 0-2000 metres. Values are pentadal (5-year) centered averages. SOURCE: NOAA/NODC

This week I got to ruminating about this graphic, and a number of similar graphics I’d seen. And yesterday I realized that it wasn’t showing what I thought it was showing. Let me illustrate what I mean.

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