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Hiatus heat in the Indian Ocean

Global surface warming has slowed since the start of the twenty-first century, while Pacific heat uptake was enhanced. Analyses of ocean heat content suggest that the warm water was transferred to the Indian Ocean, through the Indonesian straits.

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Figure 1: Deep atmospheric convection over the Indo–Pacific warm pool drives the Walker circulation.


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Vialard, J. Hiatus heat in the Indian Ocean. Nature Geosci 8, 423–424 (2015).

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