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Future observations for monitoring global ocean heat content


Palmer, MD and Antonov, J and Barker, P and Bindoff, NL and Boyer, T and Carson, M and Domingues, CM and Gille, S and Gleckler, P and Good, S and Gouretski, V and Guinehut, V and Haines, K and Harrison, DE and Ishii, M and Johnson, GC and Levitus, S and Lozier, MS and Lyman, JM and Meijers, AJ and von Schuckmann, K and Smith, D and Wijffels, SEA and Willis, J, Future observations for monitoring global ocean heat content, Proceedings of OceanObs'09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society, 21-25 September 2009, Venice, pp. 1-13. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.68


This community white paper outlines the requirements of the future observing system necessary for measuring and advancing understanding of global ocean heat uptake and heat content variability, with an emphasis on the in situ observing system. We review the progress made in observation-based estimates of ocean heat uptake since Ocean Obs '99 and propose a future observational strategy. Some of the key scientific questions addressed are: 1. What future observations are required to monitor global ocean heat content? 2. How has new technology improved our ability to make estimates of ocean heat uptake? 3. What are the current estimates of global and regional ocean heat uptake and what are the uncertainties? 4. What is the impact of instrumental biases and gridding methodology on estimates of ocean heat uptake?

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:ocean warming; ocean heat content; climate change
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Barker, P (Dr Paul Barker)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, NL (Professor Nathan Bindoff)
UTAS Author:Domingues, CM (Dr Catia Domingues)
UTAS Author:Meijers, AJ (Dr Andrew Meijers)
ID Code:76154
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2012-02-29
Last Modified:2013-11-13
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