Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Exploring the Ocean's Role in Climate Change

WCRP/CLIVAR Workshop on Multidecadal Variability in Pacific and Indian Oceans; Qingdao, China, 4–7 September 2012



The instrumental record of global surface temperature since the 1850s shows multidecadal variability (MDV) superimposed on a secular global warming trend. The unprecedented rate of warming in the late 20th century coincided with a pronounced upswing in MDV.