posted by Skye on .
how can the concept of specific heat capacity of water be used to explain the heating and cooling patterns of oceans and climate on the plane?
The heat capacity, at 1 cal/g*C or 4.18 J/g*C is one of the highest (NH3 is the highest) of any compound; therefore, it can store large amount of heat. Conversely, it takes large amounts of heat absorption to cool water.
Here is some reading material.