Tuesday, January 31, 2012

mystery of Earth's 'missing energy' -solved..?

An apparent inconsistency has been diagnosed between interannual variations in the net radiation imbalance inferred from satellite measurements and upper-ocean heating rate from in situ measurements, and this inconsistency has been interpreted as ‘missing energy’.

Where was it going?

Now Scientists come up with an answer.....

"Missing Energy" is in the Ocean 

"Our data show that Earth has been accumulating heat in the ocean at a rate of half a watt per square meter (10.8 square feet), with no sign of a decline," Loeb said. "This extra energy will eventually find its way back into the atmosphere and increase temperatures on Earth."

Read more:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-029
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2093947/Nasa-solves-mystery-Earths-missing-energy--going-sea-says-space-agency.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Paper: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo1375.html#/access
doi:10.1038/ngeo1375

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