Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 2013–2041, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-2013-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 2013–2041, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-2013-2020

Review article 07 Sep 2020

Review article | 07 Sep 2020

Heat stored in the Earth system: where does the energy go?

Karina von Schuckmann et al.

Data sets

Heat stored in the Earth system: Where does the energy go? Version 2 K. von Schuckmann, L. Cheng, M. D. Palmer, J. Hansen, C. Tassone, V. Aich, S. Adusumilli, H. Beltrami, T. Boyer, F. J. Cuesta-Valero, D. Desbruyères, C. Domingues, A. García-García, P. Gentine, J. Gilson, M. Gorfer, L. Haimberger, M. Ishii, G. C. Johnson, R. Killik, B. A. King, G. Kirchengast, N. Kolodziejczyk, J. Lyman, B. Marzeion, M. Mayer, M. Monier, D. P. Monselesan, S. Purkey, D. Roemmich, A. Schweiger, S. I. Seneviratne, A. Shepherd, D. A. Slater, A. K. Steiner, F. Straneo, M.-L. Timmermans, and S. E. Wijffels https://doi.org/10.26050/WDCC/GCOS_EHI_EXP_v2

Short summary
Understanding how much and where the heat is distributed in the Earth system is fundamental to understanding how this affects warming oceans, atmosphere and land, rising temperatures and sea level, and loss of grounded and floating ice, which are fundamental concerns for society. This study is a Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) concerted international effort to obtain the Earth heat inventory over the period 1960–2018.