Global warming triggers lots of effects, and now we’re addressing another one. Ocean currents move faster today, compared to how they used to move about two decades ago, according to the latest reports.
The most stringent effects take place in the tropical latitudes
There’s new research that has been published in the Journal Science Advances that details how this acceleration is occurring around the globe, and the most noticeable effects are taking place in the tropical latitudes.
According to data revealed by LiveScience, “The magnitude and extent of the acceleration in ocean currents we detected throughout the global ocean and to 2000-meter (6,560 foot) depth was quite surprising,” study co-author Janet Sprintall, stated recently.
He continued and said that “While we expected some response to the increased winds over the past two decades, that the acceleration was above and beyond that was an unexpected response that is likely due to global climate change.”
More than that, it’s been revealed that the winds over the ocean have been picking up at the rate of 1.9% per decade. This surge in speed transfers energy to the surface of the ocean and deeper waters.
It’s been revealed that there are a lot of questions that still need answers these days regarding the changes that are taking place in the ocean’s circulation, so more study is needed.
Global warming and the doomsday glacier
Speaking of global warming, we recently addressed another tragic effect that this has on our planet, and that could lead to disaster.
There’s a study made by the British and American scientists, which says that there’s a massive sheet of ice that is called the “doomsday glacier.”
This is reportedly melting faster than scientists have previously believed – in other words, this could take the world closer to a potential sea-level rise of over 10 feet.