How does the exceptional heat capacity of water affect climate on earth?

1 Answer
Jun 24, 2017

Answer:

"The high specific heat of water affects Earth's climate because it makes the temperatures of the oceans relatively resistant to change."

My comments are below.

Explanation:

See Chemistry: The Essential Science 13e pg. 182

If specific heat is the amount of heat required to raise a substance #1K# then since the Sun's radiation is hitting the sea, and in effect #CO_2# is held within the sea (among other elements). If the oceans theoretically evaporated, we'd have what happened on Venus, which is a runaway greenhouse effect.

In essence, if our oceans were more easily heated, they'd be more easily evaporated, which in turn would produce #CO_2# that would hold in electromagnetic radiation which would cause the temperature to exponentially rise.

This is one perspective, I'm sure there are others.