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The temperature of the atmosphere at the surface again.

Happens to be where most people live. :-)

Been thinking some about the ocean warming and had a couple of questions.

If, over the last 30 years years, the ocean has warmed some 10^23 joules then the ocean temperature rise would be what? 0.01°C/decade?

It seems to me that the uncertainty in ocean heat content some 30 or 50 years ago would huge. A few measurements at a few scores of sites. Each measurement would have to represent thousands of cubic miles of ocean. How could the uncertainty be quantified?

If the 'missing heat' has been going down into the ocean during the 21st century why wasn't it going there in the late 20th century when the GHG forcing was smaller and surface temp rise greater?

What is the above mechanism?

DB2
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