The ocean plays a key role in the climate system of the earth. Its characteristics are so very different from those of the land that without it the earth’ s climate would be quite unlike the one we know. Because of the ocean, temperature ranges are very much reduced, particularly in regions not too remote from the coast. The large effective thermal capacity of the ocean causes the seasons to be delayed with respect to solar heating cycle. Because of ocean currents, some regions are warmer and others colder than they would otherwise be.
- High Latitude
- Carbon Compound
- Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
- Deep Water Formation
- World Ocean Circulation Experiment
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Stewart, R.W. (1991). The Role of the Ocean in Climate and Climate Change. In: Takeuchi, K., Yoshino, M. (eds) The Global Environment. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-01085-3_10
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