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2009-07-20 10:40:00

The world's peak ocean science body has adopted a new definition of seawater developed by Australian, German and US scientists to make climate projections more accurate. In Paris late last month the General Assembly of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) accepted the case for the introduction of a new international thermodynamic description of seawater, cast in terms of a new salinity variable called Absolute Salinity. Hobart-based CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship...

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2008-12-22 12:20:00

A new definition of seawater could boost the accuracy of projections for oceans and climate, scientists said. Oceans shift heat from the equator to the poles, regulating the planet's weather. Changes in salinity and temperature are major forces driving global currents as well as circulation patterns from the surface to the seabed. For scientists to figure out how oceans affect climate and how that interaction could change due to global warming, they must first understand exactly how much heat...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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