Ocean warming study error
Scientists who sparked alarm with a report that the planet’s oceans are warming much faster than previously thought have announced that their research contained errors that made their conclusion appear much more certain than it was. The study, which found that the seas have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previous models indicated, was reported by most major news organizations, including The Week. But after an outside researcher examined the study and did his own computations, he challenged the findings, and climate scientist Ralph Keeling admitted the criticism was correct. Keeling said that he and his team hadn’t properly calculated the margin of error in its analysis of how much warmth the oceans have already absorbed, which may determine the severity of climate change. “Unfortunately, we made mistakes here,” Keeling tells The Washington Post. Nonetheless, other research has drawn conclusions similar to the most recent study: Oceans are retaining more and more energy as an increasing amount of heat is being trapped in Earth’s atmosphere.