The first comprehensive Earth Energy Imbalance (EEI) has just been published by von Schuckmann and others in Earth System Science Data (ESSD). A group of more than 30 researchers from scientific institutions around the world tracked and quantified global heat distributions over the past 58 years (1960–2018) to answer the urgent question "where does the heat go?". By looking at heat accumulation driven by the input of greenhouse gases inducing a positive EEI, the authors identify 89 % going into the ocean, 6 % warming the land, 4 % melting grounded and floating ice, and 1 % warming the atmosphere. The authors show that, due to large heat capacity, the ocean dominates the Earth's energy inventory. For further findings please see:

Open Access von Schuckmann et al., 2020. Heat stored in the Earth system: where does the energy go?, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12.

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