According to two separate analyses conducted by scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2014 was considered to be the planet’s warmest year since 1880.
The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now taken place since the year 2000. This trend will continue a long-term global warming, based on an analysis of surface temperature measurements by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York City.
An independent analysis of the raw data was presented by NOAA scientists on Friday, also revealing that 2014 was the warmest year on record.
“NASA is at the forefront of the scientific investigation of the dynamics of the Earth’s climate on a global scale,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The observed long-term warming trend and the ranking of 2014 as the warmest year on record reinforces the importance for NASA to study Earth as a complete system, and particularly to understand the role and impacts of human activity.”
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