Average surface temperature

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The average surface temperature on the earth is 15, maybe 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit)," said Alan Robock, a meteorologist and climate researcher from Rutgers University.[1]

Meteorologists find it through measuring the heat in the oceans, atmosphere, as well as different places on the land. They use primarily satellites today.

  • The average temperature of the Earth has varied within a range of about 3 °C during the past 3,000 years. It is currently increasing as the Earth recovers from a period that is known as the Little Ice Age.[2]


  1. http://www.livescience.com/environment/060925_temperatures_high.html
  2. Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide