Changing nature of oceans…how?

The ocean is the umbilical cord of the global climate, obviously the effect of ocean warming is visible in the form of climate change at the large and local level, which includes increasing number of cyclones, intensifying and widespread El Niño, irregular monsoon, even irregular weather on land which includes terrible floods, heavy rainfall and celestial events. In india, there has been a change in the intensity and number of cyclones, which has mainly affected the west coast. This change is linked to the rapidly increasing temperature of the upper 2 kilometers of the sea in the arabian sea as compared to the Bay of Bengal. This directly affects the indian Ocean Dipole, which affects the retreating monsoon and cyclones.

Especially in the context of india, the increasing heat of the sea i.e. the sea becoming fiercer is becoming a cause of danger to human society on a large scale. About 25 crore population lives near the eight thousand kilometer long coastline of india (up to 50 kilometers) and more than 70 lakh people are directly involved in marine fish production. In such a situation, the changing nature of the oceans and the increasing turbulence are capable of causing a series of disasters, including tsunamis, sea cyclones, unseasonal rains, etc.

There is a need to keep an eye on the changing pulse of the vast ocean so that necessary steps can be taken in time. The Status of Ocean 2024 also emphasizes on developing monitoring resources on a large scale. The dangers posed by global warming are from both the sea and land, judicious use and conservation of terrestrial and marine resources are equally important. We cannot establish a prosperous civilization in the era of sick and raging oceans.

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