NSIDC’s Walt Meier responds to Willis

I read Willis Eschenbach’s post last week on Trust and Mistrust where he posed several questions and challenged scientists to respond to the same questions. So, below is my take on these questions. There are a couple points I need to make up front. First, I’m speaking for myself only, not as a representative of…

Climate change and “The Birds”

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department. Climate change is now blamed for what is called “Gary Larson events” in homage to the famed creator of the comic strip “The Far Side” “We saw birds dying of what at best could be called Gary Larson events,” said Mark Mallory of the Canadian Wildlife…

Cryo-sat launch successful

Successful launch for ESA’s CryoSat-2 ice satellite From the European Space Agency: 8 April 2010 ESA PR 07-2010. Europe’s first mission dedicated to studying the Earth’s ice was launched today from Kazakhstan. From its polar orbit, CryoSat-2 will send back data leading to new insights into how ice is responding to climate change and the…

Arctic Sea Ice Reports: who to believe?

We’ve all seen  that Arctic Sea ice area and extent has expanded and is back to normal. NANSEN Arctic ROOS just got their web page plots back online yesterday after an outage, and there’s a bit of a surprise when compared to NSIDC’s plot. Sources: http://arctic-roos.org/observations/satellite-data/sea-ice/observation_images/ssmi1_ice_ext.png http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_timeseries.png Here’s a magnified view with the NANSEN graph…