Global air temperatures have remained relatively static over the past five years. British scientists say the slowing rise is due to oceans absorbing the heat, according to The Guardian.
Despite the slowing rate, 2005 and 2010 were still two of the hottest years on record. And though the oceans have pulled some of the heat away from the atmosphere, scientists agree it’s only a matter of time before surface air temperature trends return to those seen in the late ‘90s and early 2000s.
Experts say more research is needed to understand the effects of deep warming on oceans, as observations have only been collected over the past decade in detail. Understanding the effects is important for tracking changes to marine life and forecasting possible rises in sea levels.