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Unformatted text preview: Ocean Atmosphere Review 21:33 Heat plays a role in evaporation and precipitation, processes that alter the salinity of surface waters and as a result, heat plays a significant role in determining the density of surface waters in the world ocean Exchanges of heat and matter, and the resultant changes in density determine the physical structure of the world ocean, the layering and movement of parcels of water and their distributions over temporal and spatial scales False color scales emphasize the differences in temperature at different locations using reds for warmer temperatures and blues for colder temperatures The correlation between shortwave solar radiation and SST indicates that solar radiation is the principal means by which the surface of the world ocean is heated Evaporation (liquid into vapor/gas) and precipitation (rain) are the two principal...
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- Spring '11
- World Ocean, Surface Waters, Sea Surface Salinity