Recent intensification of wind-driven circulation in the Pacific and the ongoing warming hiatus

The slowdown in global average surface warming has recently been linked to sea surface cooling in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This work shows that strengthening trade winds caused a reduction in the 2012 global average surface air temperature of 0.1–0.2 °C. This may account for much of the warming hiatus and is a result of increased subsurface ocean heat uptake.

Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate2106

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