Tag Archives: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Negative feedback? Storing CO2 in the Arctic

From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: While the Arctic Ocean is largely a carbon sink, researchers find parts are also a source of atmospheric carbon dioxide For the past three decades, as the climate has warmed, the massive plates of … Continue reading

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A solar eclipse as seen from Mars

From NASA  JPL: NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos PASADENA, Calif. – Images taken with a telephoto-lens camera on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity catch the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of … Continue reading

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‘Game changer’ – Antarctic melt due to warm water, not air temperature

From the University of California – Irvine  something that pretty well makes Steig et al 2009 even more irrelevant, since in that paper they did a survey of air temperatures and then smeared them around the continent using some Mannian … Continue reading

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Russian Chelyabinsk Meteor largest since 1908 Tunguska event

Image credit: Google Earth, NASA/JPL-Caltech › Larger view From the WSJ (NASA JPL Statement follows): The meteor that crashed to earth in Russia was about 55 feet in diameter, weighed around 10,000 tons and was made from a stony material, … Continue reading

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PODEX Experiment to reshape future of Atmospheric Science by getting a handle on aerosols and clouds

Polarimeter Definition Experiment (PODEX) in Southern California. The brightness, or “intensity,” and polarization of reflected light provide different information about the elements that make up a scene, apparent in this set of images collected by the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager … Continue reading

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Why ice loss and sea level measurements via satellite and the new Shepherd et al paper are highly uncertain at the moment

There’s a paper (Shepherd et al) on ice loss and sea level rise that has been making the rounds in media (such as this article in Science Recorder, claiming it validates global warming) that is causing some stir, mainly because … Continue reading

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Bipolar disorder – as in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea ice extent is affected by wind, unless of course it’s ‘climate change’

From the “no matter what happens it is climate change” department. So, according to this, when the Arctic loses ice it is due to climate change ‘global warming’ when the Antarctic gains ice it is due to ‘climate change’ and … Continue reading

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Curiosity: no methane found on Mars – yet

From NASA JPL, no evidence of Methane found in first tests. PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere.

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Finally: JPL intends to get a GRASP on accurate sea level and ice measurements

A climate science bombshell: New proposal from NASA JPL admits to “spurious” errors in current satellite based sea level and ice altimetry, calls for new space platform to fix the problem. People send me stuff. Today it is a PowerPoint … Continue reading

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NASA’s 7 minutes of terror tonight – more than a curiosity

UPDATE: Touchdown confirmed! Congratulations NASA JPL! First image received. See below. ======================================== I thought I”d take a minute to advise you that some real science and engineering that will be see from NASA tonight rather than the politically motivated science … Continue reading

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NASA: Study Finds Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica

It seems Antarctica once had vegetation and had a lot of rain. This artist’s rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch, based on pollen fossil data. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dr. … Continue reading

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‘Gravity is climate’? WTF?!

From the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres  evidence that maybe, just maybe, climate has become a singularity unto its own, and everything now in the physical world is “climate”. Or…they’ve jumped the shark. The headline of this press release  … Continue reading

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Russian river water affecting the Arctic – AO shift blamed

From the University of Washington Russian river water unexpected culprit behind Arctic freshening near US, Canada A hemisphere-wide phenomenon – and not just regional forces – has caused record-breaking amounts of freshwater to accumulate in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea. Freshwater … Continue reading

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Asteroid near miss – the movie

There’s no danger that the asteroid will strike Earth, but Sky and Telescope reports that if it did, it would “deliver a kinetic-energy punch equivalent to several thousand megatons of TNT … the kind of potential threat that outer-space sentries … Continue reading

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Arctic cold yields “unprecedented Arctic ozone loss”

“What was different about this year was that the temperatures were low enough to generate ozone-depleting forms of chlorine for a much longer period of time.” And it is worth noting that the “unprecedented” only applies to the short satellite … Continue reading

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NASA notes sea level is falling in press release – but calls it a “Pothole on Road to Higher Seas”

From the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab NASA Satellites Detect Pothole on Road to Higher Seas An Update from NASA’s Sea Level Sentinels: Like mercury in a thermometer, ocean waters expand as they warm. This, along with melting glaciers and ice … Continue reading

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NASA Research Leads to First Complete Map of Antarctic Ice Flow

First complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica, derived from radar interferometric data. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCI › Full image and caption › Related video PASADENA, Calif. – NASA-funded researchers have created the first complete map … Continue reading

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NASA may have found water on Mars

Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing On Mars PASADENA, Calif. — Observations from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. “NASA’s Mars Exploration Program keeps bringing us closer … Continue reading

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Curiosity – coming to Mars – maybe

When I was in Washington a couple of weeks ago for ICCC6, I took the family to the National Air and Space Museum on the mall. While everyone was gazing at rockets and other bus-sized hardware of glory days past, … Continue reading

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Galactic sized bathtub of water found in space

From NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena: Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all … Continue reading

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JPL: Japan Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis

From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab: The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don’t worry-you won’t notice the difference. Using a United States Geological Survey estimate … Continue reading

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Why I’m not worried about Greenland’s icecap right now

There’s some blogospheric carping about his statement in the JPL press release below regarding Greenland’s ice sheets:“… their cumulative loss could raise sea level by 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) by 2050.” Well sure, it could be, but as this recent … Continue reading

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“The main problem is that the earth is hot, flat and crowded”

That headline is a newspaper article quote from NASA JPL’s resident climatologist Bill Patzert. However, given how badly writer “Beige Luciano-Adams” has botched the rest of the article Patzert is featured in, I suspect it is a misquote. Patzert can’t … Continue reading

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NASA: La Niña has remained strong

From NASA JPL in Pasadena: New NASA satellite data indicate the current La Niña event in the eastern Pacific has remained strong during November and December 2010. A new Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite image of the Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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Voyager1 – so far out, there’s no solar wind anymore

What is really amazing is that the probe still operates after over 3 decades, which is a testament to the design team. It’s a SNAP to keep powered up though. – Anthony Artist concept of Voyager near interstellar space. Image … Continue reading

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