Air Temperature over Ocean

Thermometers on ships and floating buoys show that air near the ocean's surface is getting warmer, increasing its ability to evaporate water. In turn, we see an increase in heavy precipitation events and flooding on land.

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Air Temperature over Ocean Time Series Data Plot

Feature Articles

Arctic Warming Exceeds Global Average
On December 1, NOAA released its annual Arctic Report Card. Like a yearly check-up at the doctor's office, the report summarizes conditions in the Arctic atmosphere, ocean, and on land.


El Niño
This National Geographic video explains the origins of the El Niño Southern Oscillation using animations and shows the impacts on humans, wildlife and habitat, particularly in the United States.
Climate Change and the Global Ocean
This NASA video presents a broad overview of what NASA satellites can tell us about how climate change is affecting oceans. It is available in various formats and includes a transcript.
Earth as a System
This short video uses animated imagery from satellite remote sensing systems to illustrate that Earth is a complex, evolving body characterized by ceaseless change. Adapted from NASA, this...

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