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S. Levitus, J. I. Antonov, T. P. Boyer, O. K. Baranova, H. E. Garcia, R. A. Locarnini, A. V. Mishonov, J. R. Reagan, D. Seidov, E. S. Yarosh and M. M. Zweng World ocean heat content and thermosteric sea level change (0–2000 m), 1955–2010 Geophysical Research Letters 39

Version of Record online: 17 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012GL051106

Key Points

  • A strong positive linear trend in exists in world ocean heat contentsince 1955
  • One third of the observed warming occurs in the 700-2000 m layer of the ocean
  • The warming can only be explained by the increase in atmospheric GHGs

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