Has Trenberth's missing heat been found? Southern Oceans are losing heat

A paper published August 20th in Geophysical Research Letters finds from newly deployed observation systems that the Southern Oceans show an annual net heat loss of -10 Wm-2. Key Points Southern Ocean air-sea fluxes are under-observed, leading to large uncertainty The first year-long air-sea flux observations quantify an annual cycle Shows seasonal cycle, small annual…

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Decimals of Precision

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Over at Judith Curry’s excellent blog there’s a discussion of Trenberth’s missing heat. A new paper about oceanic temperatures says the heat’s not really missing, we just don’t have accurate enough information to tell where it is. The paper’s called Observed changes in top-of-the-atmosphere radiation and upper-ocean heating consistent within…

Trenberth: null and void

Via Eurekalert and Wiley-Blackwell The human cause of climate change: Where does the burden of proof lie? Dr. Kevin Trenberth advocates reversing the ‘null hypothesis’ The debate may largely be drawn along political lines, but the human role in climate change remains one of the most controversial questions in 21st century science. Writing in WIREs…