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UDaily: UD professor reports on coastal ocean response to global warming acceleration and hiatus

UDaily: UD professor reports on coastal ocean response to global warming acceleration and hiatus

In a new paper out in Nature Scientific Reports today, the University of Delaware’s Xiao-Hai Yan and colleagues report on the coastal ocean response to global warming acceleration and hiatus.

The so-called global warming “hiatus” refers to the possible temporary slow-down of the global mean surface temperature trend said to have been occurring since 1998. 

While many studies have focused on the mechanisms that caused the purported hiatus, few have paid attention to the coastal effects. Yan believes this area of study is critical as approximately 50 percent of the world’s population lives within 124 miles of coastal waters, with many more relying on the world’s coasts for commerce and natural resources.