[The Hwankyung Ilbo] According to the results of the surface water temperature observation by the Korea Meteorological Administration, the ocean water temperature in summer in Korea has been rising rapidly from 2010 to this year.
The analysis shows that the average water temperature in July across the Korean Peninsula rose by 0.34 ℃ per year since 2010. It is 2.4 times higher than the 0.14 ℃ annual average temperature rise trend since July 1997, the first observation year of water temperature.
In addition, according to a result of the average water temperature from 2016 to 2018 by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s orbiting satellite of the United States, it has been confirmed that the high-temperature ocean around the Korean peninsula continues to expand northward.
The Korea Meteorological Administration explained that the biggest reason for the recent rapid rise in water temperature is the "long-term persistence of the heat caused by the rise in atmospheric temperature and the increase in insolation."
The Korea Meteorological Administration estimated that the heat would become even worse every year as the temperature of the sea surrounding the Korean peninsula is expected to rise.
"The rising temperature of the sea water around the Korean Peninsula is one aspect caused by the global warming, and we will try to figure out the causes and effects of climate change and gather wisdom with the people to reduce the overall damage to society,” said the Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration.
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