But the dynamics and capacity of ocean storage are not well understood.
The Global Post reports:
There has been a recent pause in the slow increase of global temperatures, says the United Kingdom’s meteorological office.
The new research has emboldened skeptics, but they risk speaking too soon as scientists say that the temperature trend remains upwardly mobile.
The slowdown in increasing global temperatures in the last five years is due to the warming of the deep oceans, say scientists.
Oceans absorb heat, which helps to cool the world — but as the deeper reaches of the ocean begin to warm, they will no longer be the powerful air conditioners they once were. [Emphasis added]
As Jim Hansen pointed out in his seminal 1981 global warming paper:
Lack of knowledge of ocean processes primarily introduces uncertainties about the time dependence of the global CO2 warming.
Thirty-two years later, not much has changed.