Earth 2050: Desert Planet

Take note: Ocean stratification may be a Bigger Deal than climate change.

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Lovelock, J. (2006), 'The Revenge of Gaia', Figure 5.

Errr, I know you’re all really busy out there, but …

2 Responses to “Earth 2050: Desert Planet”

  1. michelle says:

    how long would it take for oceans to be thermally stratified from surface heating? (what depths of stratification is Lovelock talking about?) also, how long does it take for circulation to stop, or does it stop?

  2. Jelte says:

    I recall Lovelock writes that a 5 degree increase in surface temperatures will be sufficient to instantiate ocean desertification. Should we take this to mean ‘incapacitate the mixing zone’? I don’t know.

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