Journal Highlights

Challenging predictions about ocean surface warming trends

Editor’s Highlight—

 

This paper challenges predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about ocean surface warming. The authors find that observations of the surface layer of the ocean at established sites in the North Pacific and North Atlantic contradict the assertion that global warming leads to necessarily shallower mixed layers, even though the surface temperature is steadily increasing. This has implications for the response of biochemical ocean models to global warming. If the physics is not correctly represented in the model(s) then the biochemical processes will also be wrong.