Temperature trends in the coastal ocean – some immediate impacts
The coastal ocean is warming at rate that are up to 10 times faster than the open ocean. Much of the added heat comes from local and regional sources off adjacent land masses. These include the warming of river water entering the coastal zone, heated discharge waters from power plants, desalination stations, and cities (urban heat island effect) – to name a few. As the population grows in the coastal zone so the heat input is likely to rise further. This presentations looks at key coastal sites around the world where the author has examined long-term air and sea surface temperature trends from a variety of sources and some consequences of this rise in temperature.
Professor Amos graduated with a PhD from Imperial College in 1974 and immediately joined the Geological Survey of Canada where he worked on the impacts of tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy. In 1999, he joined the University of Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science where he worked till his retirement in 2015. He continues to work and publish on issues of coastal sedimentation and sea surface temperature. His recent publications have dealt with temperature trends in the Arabian Gulf, off the coast of British Columbia and Venice lagoon. Much of this work will be highlighted in his presentation.
Prof Carl Amos