2017 Was the Hottest Year Yet In the World's Ocean
Warming ocean waters can have harmful impacts on habitats like coral reefs and sea ice, to name a few.
Oceans aren't likely to cool any time soon, a new study finds.
In fact, 2017 was the warmest year on record in the ocean, according to researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Their findings indicate a "long-term warming trend driven by human activities."
The study measured the rising temperature of the ocean as a whole, but the Atlantic and Antarctic Oceans, they found, experienced the most warming.
The scientists looked at ocean temperature data that researchers from various institutions, including NOAA in the U.S., began collecting in the 1950s. Starting in the late 1990s, ocean temperatures began to take off.
Ocean temperatures in 2017 measured hotter than 2015, the previous hottest year on record.
By looking at global data