This is a nice example of why talking about the temperature change of the ocean is a bad idea.
Originally Posted by headrush
Exactly because it's a system with phase changes, temperature is a meaningless measure of heat flow so denialists can use the stability of the temperature to claim nothing much is happening.
Volume of ice melted at the caps is the measure of the increased heat flow, not ocean temperature nor extent of sea ice coverage (another denialist false indicator since it's a thin layer that's part of the annual cycle rather than an indicator of volume of ice present).
Reductionist and proud of it.
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