The warming rate since 2002 is 15 times faster than from the previous 100 years.
And scientists don’t know if it’s decadal variability or if the trend will continue.
A couple of unexplained large scale changes in the waters off the northeast coast of the U.S. have oceanographers perplexed. A new study shows an unprecendent rate of sea level rise and incredibly warm temperature compared to most other parts of the world; and the disturbing signs of collapsing fisheries in the region.
What they were startled to discover was an unexplained, and unprecedented, rise in the water temperatures that may be linked with an equally mysterious sea level anomaly: sea levels are going up, but they are going up faster off the north-east coast of the U.S. than almost anywhere else.
On the other side, off the U.S. West coast, scientists report a mysterious “blob” of water up to 4°C warmer than the surrounding Pacific, linked to weird weather across the entire US.
There is something weird going on with our climate! And we have here a taste of what the ocean will be like in future decades.