The Ocean, at the heart
of global climate
The Ocean regulates the climate but, nowadays, it is being affected by global warming and, as a result, the Earth’s entire natural equilibrium and our lifestyle are undergoing a change. Yet the Ocean has huge potential and it can be a source of innovations and sectors of business that are full of hope for the future.
To highlight this topic, NAUSICAA has put together an exciting tour that will explain the role of the Ocean and the impacts of global warming on our everyday life. The visit is also designed to encourage people to face up to the problem and help to limit its effects.
Exhibition created in partnership with Météo-France and the national Museum of natural History.
What is the greenhouse gas effect?
What’s happening with the climate?
Greenhouse gases are part of a natural mechanism. Without them, there would be no life! The atmosphere, soil and Ocean absorb two-thirds of the sun’s energy. The remainder is reflected by the clouds, the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface into space. In return, the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface emit infrared rays that are absorbed by the clouds and the greenhouse gases. Then, most of them are sent back to Earth. The heat is trapped, rather as if it were caught under the windows of a greenhouse. The effect of greenhouse gases is increasing at the moment because emissions of these gases are rising.
In 2014, the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were clear – global warming is a certainty. The atmosphere is heating up and so is the Ocean.