The Healthcare Policy Podcast ®  Produced by David Introcaso
The Healthcare Policy Podcast ® Produced by David Introcaso
Professor John Abraham Discusses Rising Ocean Heat Content

Professor John Abraham Discusses Rising Ocean Heat Content

Ocean temperatures continue to rise rapidly by multiple zettajoules - that's a one followed by 21 zeros. (This is my third annual interview with Prof. Abraham.)

Research published last month in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences by Prof. Abraham and his colleagues once again show ocean temperatures, more specifically ocean heat content (OHC), once again dramatically increased in 2023.  (As I noted last year, many believe OHC is the best way of measuring anthropocentric warming because it is comparatively less variable on a year-to-year basis.)  Oceans, that cover over 70% of the earth’s surface, absorb roughly 90% of the sun’s heat trapped by an increasing Earth Energy Imbalance (EEI) due to our continuing inability to meaningfully curb our greenhouse gas emissions.  Oceans also serve as immense carbon sinks. Oceans determine the Earth’s energy, water and carbon cycles and increasingly warming oceans have an increasingly deleterious effect on the Earth’s climate and weather. Think: human survival, i.e., warming ocean water (and rising ocean acidification) disrupts marine life that in turn substantially threatens the availability of food we eat and the oxygen we breathe. 

John Abraham, Ph.D., is a Professor and Program Director in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.  His studies largely concern geophysical science related to the climate crisis that includes the rate at which the planet is warming, particularly oceans.  His team’s warming measurements provide insights on future climate crisis effects over the coming decades.  Professor Abraham also studies the impact of increasing heat on the human body - information that has important health consequences particularly for at risk and minority populations.   Professor has conducted approximately 400 published scientific studies.  He is a frequent television and radio guest having participated in over 100 TV and radio interviews.   Professor Abraham earned his BS, MS and Ph.D. in  mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Prof. Abraham and his colleagues’ January Advances in Atmospheric Sciences article, titled “Another Year of Record Heat for the Oceans” is at:

The Healthcare Policy Podcast ®  Produced by David Introcaso
The Healthcare Policy Podcast ® Produced by David Introcaso
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