How do oceans affect climate change?

1 Answer
Feb 12, 2018

The oceans absorb heat that otherwise would be in the atmosphere.


The high specific heat capacity of water means that it can absorb a relatively large amount of heat from radiation from the sun without evaporating or significantly raising in temperature.

The oceans therefore act almost like a heat sink.

If water did not have this high specific heat capacity, it would turn to vapour, and water vapour is a greenhouse gas.