Chasing the ocean’s ‘missing’ heat

Scientists say the recent pause in rising global temperatures is probably due to increased heat uptake by the world’s oceans, particularly the Pacific. However, researchers have struggled to figure out exactly where this heat has accumulated. According to a new study, the ‘missing’ heat may have escaped into the Indian Ocean through the islands of Indonesia. Learn more in my story for Nature.

According to new research led by Sang-Ki Lee, warm water from the Pacific has leaked into the Indian Ocean through the Indonesian Throughflow. (Credit: Sang-Ki Lee)
According to new research led by Sang-Ki Lee, warm water from the Pacific has leaked into the Indian Ocean through the Indonesian Throughflow. (Credit: Sang-Ki Lee)
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