Sea Surface Temperatures (IMAGE) Syracuse University Caption Sea surface temperatures in shallow, semi-enclosed seas today are warmer than they should be for their locations. Many paleotemperature data come from settings like these, raising the possibility that ancient temperatures suggest a warmer ancient Earth. Credit Syracuse University Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.