Ocean Circulation isn't changing as quickly as feared
The Big Freeze, that environmental taboo holding a promise to smother Europeans under deep ice cover, is coming. According to new research, however, it is not going to appear anytime soon.
A 50-year, one measurement per decade study on thermohaline circulation, particularly the great oceanic conveyor belt that delivers warm waters to the western European coast, concluded in 2004. The results were rather terrifying for all Europeans: Changing patterns of thermohaline circulation will turn rain to hail and cover white sand beaches with sheets of blank ice.
However, in the last seven years research on this trend have found that circulation varies greatly within the span of a year, proving that research gathered once every decade is largely ineffective at determining changing patterns of warm water and salinity circulation.
Evolved technology allows us to catch a centimeter of difference in sea level from satellite imaging, and it may take decades for these eyes in the sky to actually see a change. The punch line: Don’t sell your house in the south of France just yet. An annual fluctuation in oceanic currents is a completely natural occurrence, like bikinis on the beach.