Mediterranean Sea temperature 5 ° C higher than the average

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Mediterranean Sea temperature 5 ° C higher than the average

The Mediterranean Sea has areas with temperature peaks about 5 ° C more than in the reference period. Among the main risks are the so-called Medicane, the Mediterranean hurricanes. The image comes from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, the research project managed in collaboration between the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

On 30 October, peaks of about 5 ° C more than the historical reference average were recorded, located from the southern coast of France of Italy. This obviously depends on climate change triggered by emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and other greenhouse gases derived from human activities.

Mediterranean Sea temperature 5 ° C higher than the average

Marine ecosystems at risk, which are literally upset in the fundamental dynamics. Variations in sea currents resulting from high temperatures, for example, alter the distribution and availability of plankton.

The satellite image released on Copernicus' social channels last October 30, almost on the eve of Cop27 in Sharm El Sheikh, speaks for itself: the Mediterranean is represented as a large bright red spot, a sign of the overheating that is hitting its waters In the summer, an alarm concerning the marine biodiversity of the Mediterranean arrived from the Instituto Español de Oceanografía.

The study showed that in recent years, due to rising temperatures, the populations of at least 50 marine species have drastically reduced and the situation, at this rate, is bound to get worse. Ultimately, the data collected by Copernicus highlight the anomalous temperatures on the surface of the Mediterranean that have continued since the summer just ended.

2022 was a particularly hot year due to the numerous extreme heat waves that characterized the summer. A satellite image from the European Copernicus observatory has highlighted this phenomenon even more. It can thus be seen how, in particular, the waters of the Mediterranean Sea have seen their temperature increase by even 5 ° C more than the average.

The image was released on October 30 by Copernicus social channels and represents the Mediterranean Sea as a large red spot that shows how its waters have been affected by overheating. The data collected by the observatory's Marine Service highlights the anomalous temperatures on the sea surface.

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