How the Climate System Works

A post for map geeks. How to turn an animation of a year's worth of daily rain maps into a single picture.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

  • The ocean is the largest solar energy collector on Earth. More than 90 percent of the warming that has happened on Earth over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean. Not all of that heating is detectable at the surface because currents move some of the heat to deeper layers of water, where it can "hide" for years or decades.