Category Archives: Antarctic

Sea Ice News – Volume 5 Number 1 – multiyear ice on the rise

Multi-year Arctic ice posts a large gain, peak ice occurred later this year. Antarctica had fourth highest minimum. From NSIDC: Arctic sea ice at fifth lowest annual maximum Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 21, after … Continue reading

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Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem in Antarctica’s Ross Sea in the coming century

NSF Press Release 14-028 Rising temperatures and changing wind patterns sure to affect predator-prey relationships, researchers say Adelie penguins cross ice floes near a lead–or opening–in the sea ice at Cape Royds. Credit and Larger Version The Ross Sea, a … Continue reading

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Claim: large Antarctic polynyas to disappear, yet some are still found in satellite imagery

This PR from McGill University  claims that the “deep ocean heat has been unable to get out and melt back the wintertime Antarctic ice”.  That might be true, but still, there are polynyas present in the location of interest (Weddell Sea) … Continue reading

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Study projects big thaw for Antarctic sea ice

From the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the department of unverifiable forecasts in our lifetime comes this model based projection. Researchers say Ross Sea will reverse current trend, be largely ice free in summer by 2100 Antarctica’s Ross Sea … Continue reading

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Pine Island Glacier underwent rapid melt 8000 years ago

Current ice melt rate in Pine Island Glacier may go on for decades From Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory A study of the Pine Island Glacier could provide insight into the patterns and duration of glacial melt. The Pine Island Glacier, … Continue reading

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New PNAS paper claims Arctic planetary albedo dropped significantly, yet recent CERES data shows no significant change

From PNAS: Direct satellite observation reveals that the Arctic planetary albedo, a measure of reflectiveness, decreased from 0.52 to 0.48 between 1979 and 2011, a change in albedo that corresponds to a climate forcing 25% as large as that due … Continue reading

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Arctic Layer Cake

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s a recent paper paywalled here, called Arctic winter warming amplified by the thermal inversion and consequent low infrared cooling to space. Fortunately, the Supplementary Online Information is available here, and it contains much valuable information. … Continue reading

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Claim: Analysis indicates that North and tropical Atlantic warming affects Antarctic climate

It seems the ocean cycles get a bigger role than GHG’s in this study. Plus Antarctic models are still FUBAR: The gradual warming of the North and tropical Atlantic Ocean is contributing to climate change in Antarctica, a team of … Continue reading

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#spiritofmawson ship of fools apologize for mess, face recovery costs

ANTARCTIC expeditioners rescued by an Australian icebreaker have apologised for an operation that could cost taxpayers up to $2.4 million. Fifty-two passengers rescued from a Russian ship trapped in sea ice have arrived in Hobart aboard the Australian Antarctic vessel … Continue reading

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Antarctica Has Sea Ice Rabbit Ears, a V for Victory or Maybe It’s a Peace Sign?…

Image Credit: NSIDC WUWT Regular “Just The Facts” As you can see from the Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Extent With Anomaly map above, there are currently two large fingers of anomalous Sea Ice protruding out in the Weddell Sea. This … Continue reading

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Australian Antarctic Division head Tony Fleming says they’ll make efforts to recover the cost of #spiritofmawson rescue

From radio 666 ABC in Canberra, Australia, full audio follows. Tony Fleming, director of the Australian Antarctic Division tells Louise Maher the AAD wasn’t linked to the Australasian Antarctic Expedition despite an implication by the expedition head that he had … Continue reading

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Domino effect of chain reaction drainage of surface lakes led to the breakup of Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002

No mention of “climate change” as the driver for the sudden event. When the Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapsed in 2002, the event appeared to be a sudden response to climate change, and this long, fringing ice shelf … Continue reading

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Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free from the ice in Antarctica and are no longer in need of assistance

Well that’s the end of that story…until investigations begin. Press release: 12:30pm AEDT, Wednesday 8 January 2014 Antarctic rescue operations complete The Australian Maritime Safety Authority can confirm that the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free from … Continue reading

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Russian ship ‘Akademik Shokalskiy’ stuck in Antarctic Ice starts moving again, per my forecast – both ships have broken free of ice!

The Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have broken free of heavy ice and are making progress towards open water. bit.ly/1lzF4KQ— AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 07, 2014 It seems my forecast worked out well. From RT news: A Russian-built ship … Continue reading

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Monday Mirthiness – Penguins comment on the #spiritofmawson

People keep sending me stuff…

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The ‘Cli-Tanic’ Hot Sheet – News from the #SpiritofMawson fiasco

There are a lot of news items in major media starting to appear about the folly of Professor Chris Turney’s tourism disguised as science expedition. Turney is now backpedaling on the idea that “climate change” caused them to get stuck. … Continue reading

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USA to the rescue! US Coast Guard Ice breaker asked to assist Antarctic rescue vessels trapped in ice due to #spiritofmawson fiasco

6.30am AEDT Sunday 05 January 2014 US Coast Guard ice breaker to assist ships beset in ice in Antarctica The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has requested the US Coast Guard’s Polar Star icebreaker to assist … Continue reading

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Aurora Australis rescue ship told to hold position to potentially assist Chinese vessel Xue Long

It looks like the “rescued” climate scientists, journalists, and tourists will have to wait on-board the Aurora Australis awhile longer while this episode plays out. There is still a lot of ice ahead according to the webcam on Aurora Australis … Continue reading

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