PC012:
Tracking ocean heat content and its role in Earth’s climate variability and change

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Session ID#: 28436

Session Description:
The ocean’s capacity to store heat and to redistribute it geographically and over depth is fundamental to understanding Earth’s climate and sea level variability and change. More than 90% of the Earth's energy imbalance and about one-third of observed global mean sea level rise are explained by ocean heat uptake. This session aims to bring together studies tracking ocean heat content and thermosteric sea level and its implications for climate and sea level variability and change, from global to regional scales. We welcome studies based on in situ and satellite observing systems, ocean or coupled reanalyses, and climate modelling as well as process studies. Studies focusing on the ocean’s role in the Earth energy imbalance, climate sensitivity and regional changes associated to natural climate modes of variability are also solicited.
Primary Chair:  Karina von Schuckmann, Mercator Océan, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France; Mercator Ocean, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France
Co-chairs:  Tim Boyer, National Oceanographic Data Center, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Cheng Lijing, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences, Beijing, China and Andrea Storto, CMCC, Bologna, Italy
Index Terms:

4215 Climate and interannual variability [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4260 Ocean data assimilation and reanalysis [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4262 Ocean observing systems [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4556 Sea level: variations and mean [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
Cross-Topics:
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • OM - Ocean Modeling
  • OO - Ocean Obervatories
    *Use IS: Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies*
  • PL - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Larger

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Yuanlong Li, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, China and Weiqing Han, Univ of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States