Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-229-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-229-2022
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26 Jan 2022
Data description paper |  | 26 Jan 2022

Monitoring the ocean heat content change and the Earth energy imbalance from space altimetry and space gravimetry

Florence Marti, Alejandro Blazquez, Benoit Meyssignac, Michaël Ablain, Anne Barnoud, Robin Fraudeau, Rémi Jugier, Jonathan Chenal, Gilles Larnicol, Julia Pfeffer, Marco Restano, and Jérôme Benveniste

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The Earth energy imbalance at the top of the atmosphere due to the increase in greenhouse gases and aerosol concentrations is responsible for the accumulation of energy in the climate system. With its high thermal inertia, the ocean accumulates most of this energy excess in the form of heat. The estimation of the global ocean heat content through space geodetic observations allows monitoring of the energy imbalance with realistic uncertainties to better understand the Earth’s warming climate.
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