Ocean Currents and Climate

The circulation of Earth's oceans plays a significant role in Earth's climate. This chapter addresses the unique influence that the oceans play in shaping both the short- and long-term aspects of climate and why they have such an important effect on climate change. It examines major circulation patterns and the role of global heat transfer and distribution. It also looks at the unique cyclic circulation patterns that influence climate on a global basis. Without the ocean currents, Earth's climate would be very different, and understanding the behaviors of these currents is critical to understanding the effects of global warming.

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