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Sea water along Dutch coast warming much faster since 1982

Since 1982, the seawater along the Dutch coast has been warming at a much faster rate than would be expected on the basis of increased greenhouse-gas concentrations. Research by the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on the island of Texel shows that this increased rate of warming is attributable to sunnier springs and summers and stronger westerly winds in winter. A direct relationship between increased greenhouse-gas concentrations and the rise in temperature therefore remains unproven. But CO2 may indirectly have affected the observed meteorological changes. The research results will be published this week in Journal of Sea Research.





van Aken, H.M. Meteorological forcing of long-term temperature variations of the Dutch coastal waters. Journal of Sea Research, doi:10.1016/j.seares.2009.11.005. (Download PDF-file)

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