DMI apologizes for their disappeared sea-ice graph debacle

Earlier this week, I published a post titled: DMI disappears an inconvenient sea ice graph . Some of the usual folks who police any sea ice discussion went ballistic over the post, and in some ugly blog posts of their own, suggested I and others were engaging in Lewandowsky inspired “conspiracy ideation”. While others may have been, I wasn’t, and made it very clear, but that doesn’t matter to those types, as that sort of stuff is their m.o. when it comes to criticizing climate skeptics.

The fact is though, that DMI did in fact remove the graph from public view, and offered no explanation to the public when they did it. If you aren’t a daily watching sea-ice fanatic like some of the critics, it was easy to miss that the product had been quality control neglected by DMI.  Worsening the issue, in an email exchange published in that same WUWT story, one DMI employee was quoted as saying (paraphrasing) “I got tired of answering questions about it so I took it offline”. If there were a lesson of how not to instill confidence in the public when decisions are made to remove data products that have been around for years, suddenly disappearing them with no explanation to the public would certainly qualify as a worst-case example. DMI simply bungled the public face of the decommissioning, there’s really no other way to look at it. Had they done this sort of due diligence before removing the graph, and placed a link to an explanation rather than to the new product with greatly differing values, there likely would not have been the questions about why it suddenly disappeared, and what the possible motives might be. The ham-handed response from the DMI employee did nothing but add suspicion to an already poorly handled situation.

They’ve realized this, and offered an explanation and an apology on their website today. I accept both, which I have republished below.

On a personal note, for those elsewhere in the blogosphere who want to try to convince skeptics that the explanation was rooted in technological problems, I suggest this maxim: “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar”. The ugly labeling of people with legitimate questions while at the same time trying to convince them of details they may not be aware of was just as badly bungled as DMI’s decommissioning. There’s lessons to be learned all around.

From DMI:

Sea Ice extent – explanation on an appearent [sic] divergence between algorithms.

DMI has removed the old sea ice extent graph to focus the attention on the new graph that is based on data from an improved algorithm.

However, the removal of the old sea ice extent graph was done at an unfortunate time, namely, during a period where it seemed that the new and old ice extent plots disagreed (see figure 1). Naturally this has led to discussion among our dedicated followers, about the “true” ice extent. The apparent elevated sea ice extent in the data from the old extent algorithm was an artifact, caused by a new and higher resolution coast mask.

    An off-line update of the old sea ice extent plot (left), where it appears that the sea ice extent is much larger than previous years and

the sea ice extent from the operational algorithm (right), which is DMI’s and the Ocean and Sea Ice, Satellite Application Facility (OSISAF)

official estimate.

Most of our sea ice extent followers know that the old plot includes a coastal mask, inside which sea ice was is accounted for. In summer 2015 this mask was refined and the masked region was subsequently smaller, thus leaving mo re area for classified sea ice and open water. The difference in masked area, before and after summer 2015, is approximately 1.4 million km2. This corresponds to difference of the blue coast lines in figure 2, showing the old and new coastal masks in the left and right panels, respectively. The difference may be difficult to detect on the figure, but the area is quite significant. The increasing sea ice extent that is caused by the new coast mask is not great during summer, because sea ice has a relative short line of contact with land during summer. But the new and finer coast mask will result in increasingly more sea ice, compared to previous years during winter, as the coast line with sea ice contact is increasing. This is the reason for an increasing sea ice extent during current freeze-up period, relative to previous winters. A comparison of the 2015/2016 sea ice extent with previous years does therefore not make sense (see figure 1-left).

    Plots of sea ice types February 22 2015 (left) and February 22 2016 (right) using 2 different coast masks.

The mask used before summer 2015(left) is wider than the new mask (right), corresponding to approximately 1.4 million km2 less area under the new mask.

Because of the deprecated status of the old plot in the past year, DMI has not been monitoring these irregularities. The old plot should, of cause, have been removed when the mask was replaced. DMI apologizes for the confusion and inconvenience this has caused.

Source: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/iceextent_disagreement_is_an_artifact.uk.php

h/t to mosher

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Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 10:15 am

DMI apologizes for the confusion and inconvenience this has caused.

Thank you, DMI.
But, the 30%+ graph is still gone.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 10:39 am

It appears from comments below mine (and I may be mistaken), that many WUWTers need to read this post: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/02/22/dmi-disappears-an-inconvenient-sea-ice-graph/
especially the comments,
before concluding that DMI’s removing 30%+ product was simply because the 15%+ product was more accurate.
Several commenters there provide good reasons for the 30%+ product’s being retained, i.e., that the 15%+ (alone) does not provide a complete and “best available science”-accurate picture of Arctic sea ice.

CaligulaJones
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 10:42 am

Yes, I don’t think the high cost of hosting one more small graph would be a compelling argument…

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 11:08 am

C. Jones, I don’t think the marginal cost per unit of this product was high enough to justify not producing it, however,
Phil (in California), whose opinions I have come to respect highly over the past 3 years, says (here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/02/25/dmi-apologizes-for-their-disappeared-sea-ice-graph-debacle/comment-page-1/#comment-2153314 ) that the 30%+ product was defective, so, I will stop protesting DMI’s action.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 4:36 pm

It may have been defective…and the time you remove it is when you provide such an explanation, rather than an “I got tired of explaining things” explanation,

CaligulaJones
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 26, 2016 9:23 am

“C. Jones, I don’t think the marginal cost per unit of this product was high enough to justify not producing it, however,”
Sorry, I should have put a smiley there, that was my point: I was just making a feeble attempt that I’m sure someone in the bureaucracy would make when challenged on deleting something.
I know from experience when I was in the civil service: we had purged some material that was politically damaging (on the strong no doubt verbal “suggestion” of our political masters), quite contrary to all established law and procedure at the time. Our bosses tried to explain to the auditor-general that we quite simply had to due to space consideration for the physical files. The bosses could not explain, however, why we kept multiple copies of much older, and less important documents…

Science or Fiction
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 26, 2016 5:30 pm

It seems to me that you are letting DMI off the hook too easily here.
“Most of our sea ice extent followers know that the old plot includes a coastal mask, inside which sea ice was is accounted for.”
That sentence cannot possibly have been reviewed by anyone at DMI before it was published. That makes me wonder about the review routines at DMI.
Besides – and most importantly, it is immensely silly to change the definition of a measurand and still plot it together with a previous and different definition of that measurand. Anyone doing that, without making a note of it in the plot, is totally incompetent within measurement and reporting of time series.
This stands in stark contrast to what DMI tell about themselves at their webpage:
“DMI collects and processes meteorological, climatological and oceanographic measurements/observations, and measures, collects and compiles related geophysical parameters throughout the Realm.
Conducting research and development within its area of ​​expertise, DMI ensures efficient operations and state-of-the-art quality in all productions while monitoring and conducting research on global warming and the stratospheric ozone balance.”
So everything DMI does is supposed to be top notch, except that they can´t write proper sentences, they don´t review what they publish and they don´t understand that you simply cannot change the definition of a measurand and still produce a figure showing data from the new definition of the measurand together with a previous and different definition of that measurand. At least not without making a note of it. That is misleading – is it state of the art?
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!
I just couldn´t resist saying that 🙂
(Enjoyed your take on SM below by the way. #(:)) )

Science or Fiction
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 26, 2016 5:43 pm

Just realized that you are not letting DMI of the hook, shame on me.

ferd berple
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 12:31 pm

A comparison of the 2015/2016 sea ice extent with previous years does therefore not make sense
=========================
so why do they still have the comparison in the new revised graph?
the old data used a different filter. You cannot simply adjust the new data downwards. this is apples to oranges.
you changed the filter. to try and pretend this did not change the mean and standard deviation is a statistical farce. the history is now invalidated for comparison purposes. So remove it.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  ferd berple
February 25, 2016 1:00 pm

The history is…history.

Janice Moore
Reply to  ferd berple
February 25, 2016 2:35 pm

I think…. that ferd b’s 12:31pm comment was intended to address Eliza somewhere around here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/02/25/dmi-apologizes-for-their-disappeared-sea-ice-graph-debacle/comment-page-1/#comment-2153394

Pete J.
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 1:39 pm

It’s all relative anyway (based on their mood).

Joshua
Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2016 2:36 pm

DMI have said that the 30% information is now driven by an entirely different tool. The information for this year is no longer comparable to last year, and so comparisons would be meaningless. It sucks, but sometimes it’s better to drop backwards compatibility.

Peter Miller
February 25, 2016 10:16 am

An apology!
That must be a first from those controlling climate data.

February 25, 2016 10:17 am

“decisions are made to remove data products that have been around for years”
Thus indicating that the science producing the data products wasn’t very good, likely isn’t very good now, and probably will be deemed not very good (again) in the not so distant future.
Andrew

February 25, 2016 10:21 am

So, simple translation.
We have no reference.
Past estimations of ice extent cannot ,easily, be compared to current estimations.
Even the old estimations were adjusted on a yearly basis.
Feel free to “improve” my understanding.

seaice1
Reply to  John Robertson
February 26, 2016 2:01 am

“Past estimations of ice extent cannot ,easily, be compared to current estimations.”
The 15% extent can be compared.

TonyL
February 25, 2016 10:24 am

My feeble recollection is that the notification of the old data going away is over a year old. I usually do not follow sea ice that closely, yet I knew the old method had been superseded and was going away. I was surprised that the old plot lasted as long as it did.
As they say, there is always someone at the end of the line that just does not get the word. But like I said, I do not follow DMI that closely, yet I knew it was coming. So why the fuss?
(I did like the old product better, but maybe I was just used to looking at it.)
Onward with the Latest and Greatest.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  TonyL
February 25, 2016 10:50 am

..Yes, when you don’t like the results…throw them out and start again….D’oh !

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Marcus ( unmelted )
February 26, 2016 3:21 am

But, but, but didn’t they ‘correct’ the area in the wrong direction? All those predictions of ‘Ice free North Pole’ will look worse than they were anyway.

February 25, 2016 10:30 am

I have a rather fundamental question:
How do you “improve” a squiggly line graph that goes up and down? Do the “ups” get more uppity? Do the downs resolve more smoothly and pleasing to the eye?
Andrew

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Bad Andrew
February 25, 2016 10:52 am

[SNIP – we don’t need that video here, not only is it off-topic, but it ruins the conciliatory mood -Anthony]

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Marcus ( unmelted )
February 25, 2016 4:52 pm

Ooops, sorry Anthony..I just like the jingle for some reason ! I’m weird, I know ! LOL

NevenA
February 25, 2016 10:37 am

Anthony, you probably won’t put this through, but that’s okay as you could consider it a personal message.
Look, just a little bit of research could have told you that the graph clearly had problems, that it was having these problems for a long time, and that it was discontinued and replaced by a newer SIE graph a long time ago. You could have asked Mosher or people like Walt Meier or, heck, even me (despite our differences wrt AGW I’d give you an honest answer).
Instead you were fooled by Paul Homewood’s post, who was in turn fooled by one of his commenters who clearly thought it was a conspiracy right away without further investigation (perhaps fooled by Steven Goddard who started this nonsense weeks ago). In the comment section I tried to convince them that the old graph was incorrect and that there was no conspiracy to ‘disappear inconvenient data’, but to no avail (probably not even now that the matter has been cleared up).
It was much ado about nothing, but ironically it’s the DMI that ends up apologizing.
In the meantime, Arctic sea ice is extremely low on practically all graphs and may very well break the maximum record set last year. This is the real news.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 11:21 am

Awesome rebuttal Anthony ! I do not, and will not ever have, the patience to put up with the childish accusations that are thrown at you ! I take pride in the fact that I follow WUWT, even though I, as an uneducated ( no university ) peon, have a hard time following the more detailed facts that surface here at WUWT ! The knowledge I have gained here is without monetary value ! …I thank you and all the other commenters ( and other authors ) for their opinions ! My need for knowledge has only increased by being here ! ..Tanx..

NevenA
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 11:53 am

We both don’t want to waste time on this, but I have to clear something up. This whole episode started with someone implying this was a conspiracy to hide the fact that Arctic sea ice was currently at its highest extent and not its lowest. Paul Homewood and then you took that up, without checking.
The ‘sprinkled with some suggestive conspiracy ideation’ I mentioned in the third paragraph of my blog post, alluded to the fact that Paul Homewood used ‘DMI disappeared inconvenient sea ice graph’ as a title (which you copied verbatim, and which Homewood has now changed without explanation to ‘DMI missing graph’) and implied this was ‘skullduggery’ and that the graph was ‘withdrawn simply because it gives the “wrong” results’.
That to me is ‘suggestive conspiracy ideation’. Homewood suggests a hint of conspiracy and then his commenters do the rest. I gave an example of one such comment (“DMI’s logic: data does not correspond to the pet theory of funding institutions -> adjust the inconvenient data and ditch the rest (borrow Mike’s trick if necessary), do not try to come up with an scientific explanation”) and said that this was conspiracy ideation: organisation altering data to get funding.
Then I said that you voiced the same concern and quoted the part of your post with the word skullduggery in it (“underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behaviour or activities”): Whether it is “skullduggery” or not as Homewood notes, climate science has this continuing habit of not showing adverse results…
I understand this is a sensitive matter to you, but note that nowhere do I directly say you are engaged in conspiracy ideation (your commenters is quite another story). The above quotes are everything I said about the matter, 90% of my post is about how the graph is wrong and why, and how people on Paul Homewood’s blog just couldn’t accept this. Neither could you, unfortunately.
In the comment section I posted your statement that you didn’t necessarily think it was a conspiracy to disappear an inconvenient sea ice graph. I believe this was more than sufficient.
As to apologies: I think it would be more appropriate for you and Paul Homewood to apologize to DMI for causing such a fuss because you failed to see that the old graph was incorrect, probably because it was discontinued a long time ago and no longer quality controlled, and then imply that something nefarious was going on (‘skullduggery’). And not DMI offering apologies to you which you then magnanimously accept. That’s almost like a rape victim apologizing for wearing a short skirt.
But that’s up to you.

NevenA
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 12:00 pm

Paul Homewood used ‘DMI disappeared inconvenient sea ice graph’ as a title (which you copied verbatim, and which Homewood has now changed without explanation to ‘DMI missing graph’)

This is not correct. Paul Homewood had ‘DMI’s missing graph’ as a title all along and never changed it. I’ve apologized to Homewood on his blog.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 12:14 pm

NevenA never did acknowledge that Anthony’s suspicions (NOT conclusions… he was quite circumspect at all times) about DMI’s motivation were logical, given recorded history. The IPCC-affiliated (as DMI is) data product organizations’ own actions have cast a pallor of suspicion on the entire professional climatology community which no rational, well-informed, person could ignore.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 12:30 pm

NevenA never did acknowledge that Anthony’s suspicions (NOT conclusions… he was quite circumspect at all times) about DMI’s motivation were logical, given recorded history. The IPCC-affiliated (as DMI is) data product organizations’ own actions have cast a pallor of suspicion on the entire professional climatology community which no rational, well-informed, person could ignore.

Wagen
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 12:46 pm

Unfortunate sentence Neven. Not only is it over the top, but it let’s others sidestep the rest of your comment.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 2:08 pm

And bright, loyal, honest, greathearted, Marcus!, THAT was a comment for the ages:

… I take pride in the fact that I follow WUWT, even though I, as an uneducated ( no university ) peon, have a hard time following the more detailed facts …

Marcus
That is why WUWT is the most-read blog about science in the world. And that is why WUWT matters. It is where intelligent people who want to know the facts can come to learn. And when the teacher posting the article or comment is a master of his or her subject, while the underlying formulae may be a stretch, their explanations are understandable to any adult of average intelligence.
WUWT is about science, i.e., knowledge. But, the main thing WUWT is about is: freedom.
The Marcuses (and Janices,, if I may say so) of the world are given the tools here to fight for freedom in a world that is under daily attack from anti-intellectualist bullies.
GO, WUWT!
Go, Anthony Watts (and all you wonderful m0derators)!
Go, Marcus.
#(:))

Aphan
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 2:35 pm

NevinA-
NA-“This whole episode started with someone implying this was a conspiracy to hide the fact that Arctic sea ice was currently at its highest extent and not its lowest. Paul Homewood and then you took that up, without checking.”
Nevin, do you know what the definition of a conspiracy is? Because suggesting that someone did something suspicious, or questionable, or odd….DOES NOT “imply” that the person making the suggestion actually believes that there was some kind of “a conspiracy” involved in the event. It is completely illogical and irrational (not to mention ironic and hypocritical) for YOU to introduce ANY term with “conspiracy” in it, and apply it to others without ANY evidence to back it up.
NA-“That to me is ‘suggestive conspiracy ideation.”
Here you ADMIT that “to YOU” it suggested ‘conspiracy ideation’. YOU interpreted someone else’s words and intentions (as seeing a conspiracy at work) without ANY evidence to support that interpretation (illogical/irrational/cognitive biasing) and then CHOSE to behave in ways, in print, that DO provide evidence that your own thought and behavior processes are as bad as, or worse than, the behavior you attempted to paint others with! Do you not see the irony? The hypocrisy? And continuing to DEFEND your behavior here, and escalating things to a “rape victim” analogy after Anthony tried to clear the issue and move on, is only more public evidence suggesting that you have serious logical/cognitive issues.

Claude Harvey
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 3:12 pm

“You probably won’t apologize for doing that ugly labeling, but it’s OK as I consider you incapable of doing so.”
Talk about “ugly” comments!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 3:48 pm

Claude Harvey,
Did you READ what NevA wrote? It proves Anthony’s conclusion is a logical one. NevA displays: 1) persistent disingenousness; 2) repeated intentional mischaracterization of Anthony’s words; and 3) assertion in vile terms inaccurate opinions even after repeated correction.
NevA’s “ugly” character as revealed in his own foul words makes Anthony’s assertion simply accurate.
Janice for Truth

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 3:50 pm

Further to Claude Harvey: for more evidence of the truly ugly character that NevA displays, see also his comments on this thread: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/02/22/dmi-disappears-an-inconvenient-sea-ice-graph/

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 3:58 pm

..Well said,as always, dear Janice and Aphan ( in pink Snuggies ) LOL

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 4:08 pm

Marcus! (frown with a smile) — I can’t speak for Aphan…, but I most definitely am not wearing those things, er, that thing!!!!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 4:12 pm

Oops — sorry so rude. THANK YOU, Marcus. 🙂
btw: I think it is time to get silly, here — after those 4 big hippopotamuses (NA, W, LM, and SM) jumping around with both feet through the same hole in their underwear, laughter is called for!

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 4:41 pm

“…That’s almost like a rape victim apologizing for wearing a short skirt…”
With idiotic statements like that, it’s a shame that DMI can’t make you disappear.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 4:56 pm

..You always make my day Janice. Thank you !…Now, ….back to the real world….hockey …LOL……bye

simple-touriste
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 5:01 pm

@Neven
“That to me is” …
Well, yes. To you.
As they say: when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Raven
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 10:27 pm

NevenA,

”conspiracy ideation”

So when a guy detonates his explosive vest in a crowded Bagdad market and people suspect terrorism, that’s “conspiracy ideation”?
Well, no – it’s happened before and people see the pattern.
Similarly, when Phil Jones was exposed *cough* ’collaborating’ *cough* with colleagues far and wide and ‘loosing’ data, people were understandably shocked.
And the worst part of Climategate wasn’t merely to acknowledge scepticism as an appropriate caution, it’s that it now has to extend to individuals supposedly presenting science. It’s irredeemable and the climateers don’t get it.
Thus, any accusation of “conspiracy ideation” since that time or prior, fails validation.
You’ll need to deal with that and all that flows from it.
Accordingly, Lewandowsky’s “conspiracy ideation” hypothesis was stillborn. He doesn’t get it.

We both don’t want to waste time on this . .

Good point . . . so why should Anthony and others who know and accept the rules of science waste time on people who think there are no rules.
P.S.
Cheers to you Marcus. I’m another one who knows diddly squat about the science. I expect there’s plenty more like you and me.

NevenA
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 11:29 pm

Unfortunate sentence Neven. Not only is it over the top, but it let’s others sidestep the rest of your comment.


Yes, you’re right. I should have come up with a different, less provocative analogy, and not let frustration get the best of me. Sorry about that.

Raven
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 25, 2016 11:41 pm

Dear Moderators,
Apologies in advance for the trouble. Did my post trip a word filter?

alx
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 26, 2016 6:47 am

It’s good to know rape culture now includes male sea ice researchers, someone needs to notify feminists, they missed the memo.

catweazle666
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 26, 2016 3:54 pm

“That’s almost like a rape victim apologizing for wearing a short skirt.
But that’s up to you.”

Project much, NevenA?

Richard Barraclough
Reply to  Anthony Watts
February 28, 2016 4:38 am

If this is the new “conciliatory mood”, referred to in the reply to Marcus, a few posts back, I can’t wait for a return to the more traditional confrontational antagonistic mood.

Bartemis
Reply to  NevenA
February 25, 2016 11:23 am

Pro tip – acting all outraged when people ask for justification does not instill confidence, but rather the reverse.

Lawrence Martinez
Reply to  NevenA
February 25, 2016 12:08 pm

@neven
It’s a tempest in a teapot, because it has been over a year since announcing the transisition away from the logarithm that supported this old graph. It provided pseudo-science blogger Tony Heller something with which to rile up his readers. It is unfortunate for WUWT that many of its regular bloggers started complaining about a conspiracy, especially after the recent debacle with regards to the Scalia passing.
In addition this silly episode of what I like to call “outrageous outrage” has provided a very convienient distraction from the fact that both Arctic sea ice extent and area are at record lows for this date.
If Anthony Watts was to offer a consilatory gesture to those of us who follow the actual science regarding ice dynamics by posting a thread where a discussion of this winter’s arctic weather and ice dynamics could be discussed, it would greatly be appraciated

Lawrence Martinez
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 12:31 pm

I was not expecting you to be consilatory towards me, I was referring to other individuals who study ice.

george e. smith
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 1:34 pm

Well it used to be just a storm in a teapot.
g

Lawrence Martinez
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 1:35 pm

Those comments were snark exchanged with an old friend (Jim Hunt) who feels that he has unjustifiably censored by WUWT I never thought you you would have ever read that comment and in retrospect I am sorry it was made.

Aphan
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 2:46 pm

LM-“If Anthony Watts was to offer a consilatory gesture to those of us”…
LM-“I was not expecting you to be consilatory towards me, I was referring to other individuals who study ice.”
Lawrence, the word “us” indicates that you viewed yourself as part of that group.
LM-“Those comments were snark exchanged with an old friend (Jim Hunt) who feels that he has unjustifiably censored by WUWT I never thought you you would have ever read that comment and in retrospect I am sorry it was made.”
So are you sorry it was made BECAUSE Anthony read it, and shared it here, or are you sorry that you were being petty and “snarky” about total strangers you know nothing about?
LM-“It provided pseudo-science blogger Tony Heller something with which to rile up his readers.”
Are you engaging in “conspiracy ideation” that Tony Heller secretly plans to rile up his readers? tsk tsk

Janice Moore
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 3:55 pm

Nice job, Aphan! (at 2:46 AND 2:35pm) You go, g– …er… fan! 🙂

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 4:01 pm

LOL gi…errr, fan……

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 4:48 pm

“…Those comments were snark exchanged with an old friend (Jim Hunt) who feels that he has unjustifiably censored by WUWT I never thought you you would have ever read that comment and in retrospect I am sorry it was made…”
Pathetic. You want open discourse about arctic weather and ice dynamics and private discourse making fun of people. If you are “old friends” with Jim Hunt, surely you can be a jerk in private to him instead of posting it on the internet and pretending you thought it could never ever make it’s way back to Anthony?
It is unfortunate for those of you who follow the actual science regarding ice dynamics that you chose to reveal yourself to be an immature twat.

Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 26, 2016 10:11 pm

And there are two different commenters posting as ‘Michael Jankowski’. Which is the real one?

Robert Austin
Reply to  NevenA
February 25, 2016 1:33 pm

In the meantime, Arctic sea ice is extremely low on practically all graphs

Hey, I just looked at “Cryosphere Today” and there is still vast quantities of ice up there. But I guess the consensus is that the ideal Arctic ice extent occurred in 1979 and any deviation in the negative direction constitutes “extremely low”. Alarmist ice wonks just can’t see the big picture for the sea ice minutia.

Joshua
Reply to  NevenA
February 25, 2016 2:53 pm

NevenA I think you and Anthony both have good points.
Did DMI “disappear” the 30% graph? Yes
Was the 30% graph inconvenient? I would call that a mischaracterization. DMI was at fault for mixing data from old method and new method that are not compatible, and when they caught up to their mistake they communicated it poorly. Looks like they acknowledged that, so that’s cool. The only thing inconvenient about the graph is that it was putting out bad data as long as it was. As you say, the mistake was public knowledge for a “long time”, but I think you mistake public knowledge for widely known.
Unfortunately, as you say, there are many partisans who are eager for any opportunity to paint the other side of the argument as frothing-at-the-mouth conspiracy theorists or alternately as evildoers out to communize the world through climate control hijinx. Sometimes people just make simple mistakes. On both sides.

richardscourtney
Reply to  NevenA
February 26, 2016 12:36 am

NevenA:
I assume you are an expert on recent sea ice area variations and I bow to the knowledge I assume you have on that subject. I know nothing about that (because I think it unimportant and uninteresting) and, therefore, I don’t discuss it.
I write to ask you to reconsider your words addressed to our host in this thread.
As Janice Moore has repeatedly tried to tell you, your comments have only discredited yourself and, thus, harmed your credibility with resulting loss of cogency to any future posts you make. Janice is usually overly kind and that may be causing you to miss the fact that she is also usually right: wisdom would cause you to reflect on your behaviour when she condemns it as harshly as she has in this thread.
I itemise your major errors in this thread.
You have promulgated a blatant falsehood; viz. our host was involved in a”conspiracy”.
There was and is no conspiracy. DMI made an error which several people independently notified to DMI.
You have made an untrue accusation against our host; viz. he was “fooled by Paul Homewood’s post”.
There is no evidence that he was “fooled” by anybody about anything. There is only evidence that he pointed out the error of DMI who withdrew the graph without accompanying the withdrawal with an explanation for the withdrawal. DMI has now apologised for that error of omission which was compounded by an error of commission by a DMI representative who made the false claim that the graph had been withdrawn because it was incorrect: this inflamed matters because if the graph were incorrect then that would compound the error of omission, but the graph was not incorrect so the false claim was an error of commission.
You misrepresented the issue in attempt to pretend our host had misrepresented and exaggerated it; viz. you wrote

As to apologies: I think it would be more appropriate for you and Paul Homewood to apologize to DMI for causing such a fuss because you failed to see that the old graph was incorrect, probably because it was discontinued a long time ago and no longer quality controlled, and then imply that something nefarious was going on (‘skullduggery’). And not DMI offering apologies to you which you then magnanimously accept. That’s almost like a rape victim apologizing for wearing a short skirt.


The graph was not “incorrect”: it had stopped being updated and was different from the graph which continued in use. The complaint was that the withdrawn graph had been withdrawn without explanation for the withdrawal, and when that was pointed out a DMI representative made the false claim that the graph was incorrect. That false claim has been withdrawn by DMI and DMI has appropriately apologised for its behaviour. Clearly, any exaggeration of the matter was by the DMI representative and others – including you – who tried to make untrue excuses for DMI having failed to provide a simultaneous explanation for withdrawal of the graph when DMI withdrew it.
You waved a ‘red herring’ by using an offensive and untrue analogy to exaggerate your accusations while deflecting attention from YOUR misbehaviour; viz.

And not DMI offering apologies to you which you then magnanimously accept. That’s almost like a rape victim apologizing for wearing a short skirt.


Nothing our host did was anything like that!
NevenA, I have written this post in sincere hope that reading it will encourage you to reflect on your behaviour it relates and, thus, you may learn from your mistakes (but I doubt you will).
Richard

seaice1
Reply to  richardscourtney
February 26, 2016 2:33 am

“You have promulgated a blatant falsehood; viz. our host was involved in a”conspiracy”.”
I believe the phrase was “sprinkled with conspiracy ideation”. You want Anthony to get away with saying “whether or not it is skulduggery” and saying the DMI have removed an “inconvenient” graph as not endorsing a conspiracy (which for the sake of argument we shall give you). Equally Neven has not accused Anthony of endorsing a conspiracy theory.
If we are allowing deniabilty without direct accusation, then either both are guilty are neither are.
Neven posted a full, and as it turns out pretty much totally correct, analysis of why the graph could not be accurate. Yet this valuable information was snipped because of a spat about who said what about conspiracies.
[it illustrates how Neven doesn’t get much traction with his blog, his choices in language turn most people off -mod]

richardscourtney
Reply to  richardscourtney
February 26, 2016 4:48 am

seaice1:
I wrote a kind response to NevenA that was intended to be helpful to him.
You have responded saying

“You have promulgated a blatant falsehood; viz. our host was involved in a”conspiracy”.”

I believe the phrase was “sprinkled with conspiracy ideation”. You want {AW} to get away with saying “whether or not it is skulduggery” and saying the DMI have removed an “inconvenient” graph as not endorsing a conspiracy (which for the sake of argument we shall give you). Equally Neven has not accused {AW} of endorsing a conspiracy theory.

Yes, I merely said that NevenA had suggested “our host was involved in a”conspiracy”” but as you correctly say, NevenA had actually said” our host had supported “conspiracy ideation”.
My desire to be kind to NevenA explains why I did not apply the greater charge which you rightly say was the egregious behaviour of NevenA.
I add that I do not consider your contribution helpful to encouraging the self-reflection that I commended to NevenA.
Richard

seaice1
Reply to  richardscourtney
February 26, 2016 8:46 am

” add that I do not consider your contribution helpful to encouraging the self-reflection that I commended to NevenA.”
That is fine because I do not use your considerations as a guide.
[we don’t use yours either so its a pointless stalemate – move along to something relevant or just move along -mod]

David Cage
Reply to  NevenA
February 26, 2016 2:05 am

It is time that climate science had to use best engineering practice not the low scientific standards of claiming that data is beyond question and then altering it.
Once data has been used and sold as beyond question it should be a criminal offence to alter it in any way for any reason without cancelling any commercial contracts based directly or indirectly on that data. After all even mealy mouthed verbiage cannot alter the fact that it is purely and simply fraud.
We were sold renewable energy on the basis of the 100 months to doomsday if we did not do something hastily and without due care and attention. That time has nearly expired and only the greatest fool cannot see it was at best a wild exaggeration even if not totally without foundation, as a claim.
this is part of the Steven Glass factor that has taken over climate studies.
If you watch the video at the end of shattered Glass which is based on the journalist’s career he sounds just like most of the big names in climate science when interviewed. They all have so many different words to avoid saying they told blatant lies.

rbabcock
February 25, 2016 10:39 am

No worries.. there will be no sea ice in 2014 anyway.

Scarface
Reply to  rbabcock
February 25, 2016 10:56 am

lol

Resourceguy
Reply to  Scarface
February 25, 2016 11:14 am

yes, lol

michael hart
Reply to  Scarface
February 25, 2016 3:43 pm

Nice one, skippy 🙂

Resourceguy
February 25, 2016 10:39 am

I wonder what the NOAA version would look like. I guess the special ops team did not get to them in time.

February 25, 2016 10:45 am

This is good information!
It seems to me, though, that it shouldn’t be difficult for them to compute it both ways: with the old coast masks (so that valid comparisons can be made to previous “30%+” data), and with new, higher-resolution coast masks (for better accuracy). If they did that for a few years, then it would become possible to make reasonable comparisons between between the new and old data.

Reply to  daveburton
February 25, 2016 12:22 pm

They should use 100% concentration. Then the number would be really LOW.
Look. you guys ( especially anthony) dont work with satellite data or algorithms.
you cant be bothered to download the data and look
you cant be bothered to ACTUAL READ the algorithm descriptions ( hint UAH has also used an outdated
landmask)
Since you know nothing, its better to just practice skepticism and SUSPEND JUDGEMENT
instead you conclude that people may have done something wrong
THIS is the biggest reason some people dont want to share data. because laymen screw it up or dont understand it.
Goddard is the worst. Homewood a close second.
Anthony should learn to steer clear of them

Janice Moore
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 25, 2016 1:52 pm

SM’s Mistakes:
1. “…100% concentration…”
— Grossly inaccurate mischaracterization of the request for a 30%+ product.
2. “… you can’t be bothered to download the data…”
— We shouldn’t need to. That is what the data custodian, who has readier access to that data, DMI, is paid to produce.
3. “… ACTUAL READ the algorithm …”
— This only begs the question: DMI knows all about the algorithm and simply refuses to fix it.
4. “Since you know nothing…”
a. The anger jumping off the page out of SM’s comment increased sharply, here and making it obvious that rational thought was no longer operating (if it ever was, and this is a reasonable observation, given the unwarranted snarling, harsh, tone of the entire comment).
b. Given the history of the IPCC-affiliates, to have no suspicions at all would be irrational.
5. “… instead you conclude…”
— Given SM’s alleged writing ability (he sure hasn’t demonstrated it on WUWT — at — all in the past 3 years), such a misuse of “conclude” versus the correct, “suspect” is intentional defamation of character.
Which makes SM a cad (or worse).
6. “… reason some people don’t want to share data … because …”
a. If it has been “processed,” it is no longer “data.”
b. Such a flimsy excuse is laughable — you can’t “screw up” data, you can only use it incorrectly — the real issue is the data twisters’ (of which SM is one as per his defense of his BEST or whatever it’s called data which many scientists on WUWT have said incorporates shoddy or highly questionable methods, e.g., kriging) refusal to share what they did (and why) to create the massaged product they still call “observations;”
c. The data twisters refuse to share their data/algorithms with all comers, not merely the data bumpkins
7. “… Anthony should learn to steer clear of…”
SM.
Back in 2007 or 2008, he may have been Anthony’s friend. It is very clear that he is no longer. How do I know? LOL. WUWT’s pages are FULL of evidence out of his own angry mouth. A friend respects and values his friend. That SM is allowed to comment on WUWT is proof of Mr. Watts’ generous nature. It most certainly is not proof of the worthiness of his remarks.
********************************************************************
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven…. a time to give up… .” Eccl. 3:1-8.
Time for Anthony to let go. High time.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 25, 2016 2:18 pm

Note: “Data twisters” does not (so far as I know) include DMI — this was addressed by me to SM’s generalizations about sharing data, etc…, not to DMI itself.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 25, 2016 4:09 pm

…Dear Janice, please do not insults ” Cads ” like that ! Us ” Cads ” can think rationally sometimes, unlike Musher !

Janice Moore
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 25, 2016 4:17 pm

Marcus: Oh. (lol) btw: I have never heard of Canadians being called “cads” (except on an individual basis, of course). I’ve heard Cadillacs, jerks, and computer design software called “cads,” but not Canadians. Sorry about that. Well, not really — lololol (since I didn’t do it on purpose).

Latitude
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 25, 2016 6:31 pm

fine….let’s just ignore what a more up close and personal coastal mask will do
show less ice overall
show faster melt
show lower ice extent in summer
show higher ice extent in winter
…show a more rapid change from one to the other
extreme weather will be next

DonK31
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 25, 2016 9:17 pm

If you make an assertion, it is up to you to back it up. Until you do, skepticism is the only rational response. It isn’t up to me to prove you wrong, although with the huge differences between models and observations that wouldn’t be hard, it’s up to you to prove your assertion correct.

Pethefin
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 26, 2016 12:20 am

To borrow Richard Feynman, “science is the belief in the ignorance of experts”. He said that for a good reason since experts tend to develop an arrogance of the kind that Steven Mosher often displays. Look Steven, criticism, skepticisms and questioning of scientific methods are the oxygen of science, while arrogance is the poison the kills it sooner or later. This is evident in when one listens what a certain Richard A Muller had to say about “Mike’s trick”:

The DMI could have avoided all of this by providing the explanation that they did when the discontinued and reinterpreted the graph. They realized the mistake in not doing it and therefore specifically apologized for it, for which they deserve respect.

richardscourtney
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 26, 2016 12:52 am

Steven Mosher:
‘Climategate’ exposed my longstanding concerns at effects of masking; see Appendix A of this.
I have seen no evidence that could possibly justify your having written to our host

Since you know nothing, its better to just practice skepticism and SUSPEND JUDGEMENT

I know enough about this subject to recognise that YOU “know nothing” about it, and your comment is you ‘blowing smoke’ to try to obscure the knowledge of it possessed – in this case – by our host.
I am writing to point out to others that such abusive remarks are your ‘stock in trade’ when confronted by people whom you recognise know more about something than you do.
Richard

Gerry Morrow
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 26, 2016 4:05 am

I have to say I’ve noticed a move to strident and hysterical language when engaging with the sceptosphere from the Great Mosh. Once a man of moderately sceptical views, which he may still hold for all I know, he’s morphed into an spittle flecked (metaphorically of course) demagogue of the alarmist movement.
I am one of those who can take no view about the science in this Brave New World because I’m not a “scientist”. I’ve no particular belief that the scientists are doing anything wrong intentionally, but they sure as hell are doing things wrong scientifically else we wouldn’t have these continuous adjustments and changes, which, unfortunately for the non-scientistific ignoramuses among us, always appear to solidify the debate in the direction the scientific community wants it to go.
Raised eyebrows at this course of events are instantly turned into “conspiracy ideation”. The one that Mosh was involved in known as BEST, aka the Richard Muller Show, homogenised temperatures so that we saw a drop in temperatures in the past. There may be good reason for this, in that the TOB may moved from morning to afternoon, or vice versa, but with all due respect to Mosh, the Best Team, GISS, etc. you couldn’t possibly know the real temperature on the afternoon of 25th February 1932, or whenever, so changing the data to what you think it might have been, no matter how clever the person making the change, is just a guess, a shot in the dark.
I don’t know about others here, but I don’t want my politicians to decide policy on data provided by what appear to be a bunch of amiable bungling amateurs who’ve changed the data to suit their latest thoughts on what they were measuring.

Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 26, 2016 7:14 am

“THIS is the biggest reason some people don’t want to share data. because laymen screw it up or don’t understand it.”
Actually, I think we have a clear case here of the professionals screwing up big time in the presentation of their data and in the very unfortunate timing of the removal of a sea-ice graph with little explanation. ‘Laymen’ naturally became suspicious, given the past very well documented behaviour of the climate science establishment, and hinted/suggested that something fishy might be going on – with appropriate caveats. But this didn’t stop people like Neven A immediately jumping on the ‘conspiracist ideation’ bandwagon in order to affirm the prevailing confirmation bias among alarmists that climate change sceptics are uniquely susceptible to inventing conspiracies on the part of their opposition. I’m sure Lew and his odious little sidekick Cook will be watching this episode very carefully and rubbing their hands together with.barely containable glee. Opportune, no?

belousov
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 26, 2016 11:51 am

SM
Talk of algorithms and downloads sounds like pretending to be helpful in a condescending way but actually being obstructive. Taxpayers pay climate scientists to gather, compile and communicate climate data in a form intelligible to the non technical specialist and non programmer. You might think that such people are incapable of experiencing worthwhile climate thoughts, but you would be wrong. Increasingly in many branches of science, such as biomedical research, a researcher with a biological or clinical background will need routinely to acquire and interpret data from many forms of physical instrumentation – CT, MRI, mass spec, small/wide angle xray scattering crystallography, many forms of electrophoretic gel plots, gene arrays, immunohistochemistry and many more. It makes no sense to assert that if a scientist does not have complete physical and mathematical knowledge of each methodology that they use, down to the level of machine code, then they are forbidden to interact with that methodology. On the contrary, it is the responsibility of makers of advanced scientific instruments, which are made by engineers and programmers, to be user friendly and productive of useful information to people other than engineers and programmers.
Did biologists Watson and Crick fully understand all the theory and maths of X-ray crystallography? No. Did this stop them (with the help of Rosalind Franklin) discovering the DNA helix? No again. If data from X-ray crystallography was forbidden to be viewed by any other than instrument engineers and programmers, would we even today know about dna’s helix? Definitely not.
Professions have a tendency to acquire an inward looking fortress mentality. Why did medieval priests do everything in latin? Obviously to exclude the masses without privileged knowledge of latin. It goes against human nature for organisations tasked with providing a service to avoid the temptation of becoming an inwardly focused self serving club from which all outsiders are seen as a hostile threat. Only by resisting this can a serving profession be a reality and not a pretense.
DMI have a duty like all taxpayers funded scientific organisations to provide intelligable data on what they do. Not just a link to a pile of messy lazy raw data and algorithms.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 26, 2016 7:54 pm

Actually we should just ignore sea ice, because it really doesn’t matter.

V. Uil
Reply to  Steven Mosher
February 27, 2016 12:04 am

Whenever Steve Mosher pops up with his trade mark arrogance – subtext, you are all fools – it is useful to reflect on “Who is Steve Mosher”.
http://www.populartechnology.net/2014/06/who-is-steven-mosher.html
Don’t know about the other readers, but it makes me feel darn good about my advanced degrees in statistics though admittedly I am a poor marketer.

Frederik Michiels
February 25, 2016 10:45 am

that explains it all including the adjustments they made

Marcus ( unmelted )
February 25, 2016 10:47 am

..Ummmm, ” We are sorry, but we don’t like what the graph shows, so we can’t let you see it,…. BUT…… we are sorry that we won’t let you see it any more, so , everything is O.K. right ? ” D’oh !!

seaice1
Reply to  Marcus ( unmelted )
February 26, 2016 8:06 am

Marcus, if you read the passage again you will see that they did not remove the graph because they did not like what it showed. The graph of 30% extent was wrong, because the coastal mask had been changed. The graph was incorrect. The sea ice extent never was as big as the graph showed.

george e. smith
February 25, 2016 10:57 am

Last night, I caught on T&V some ” reporter/interviewer/newsman/whatever conducting a one on one interview with none other than our Penn State WUWT admirer, Professor Michael E. ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann.
Mann spoke at length about the disappearing ice at both ends of the earth. He said, in response to a specific question on ‘Tipping points’, and whether we had reached any, that it is already beyond recovery for the WAIS of the south, and would result in ten feet of sea level rise for folks in Florida.
And the Greenland ice sheet may also be a gonner, and kick in another ten feet for that.
He described how the loss of the Artic sea ice, whether it was DMI disappeared or not, would result in worser heat waves down here where the civilized folks live.
He said in so many words, that the arctic sea ice is necessary for keeping the planet cool, and without it we would all roast.
Well he did describe how the sea ice reflects all the sunlight that reaches the arctic surface, and thus cools the planet, whereas absent the sea ice, the arctic ocean will absorb the solar energy just like the tropical oceans, and we would all roast.
Dunno who the TV man was; some non local channel, I’ve never watched before, but he just lapped up everything Mann said. Well he clearly had no thoughts of his own on any of the climate issues; and that’s not a crime. But it would be nice, to have some contrast for the viewers to weigh up for themselves.
If the chap asked Mann if something was a problem, the good professor jumped right on that and agreed, giving the guy no feeling for severity. It was quite gung ho on any pestilence the chap queried him on.
I’m mentally comparing Mann’s approach to the caution, that Professor Lintzen demonstrates, when he is queried by this or that Congressional committee.
Now I don’t think this TV chap, was deliberately leading Mann on any crusade journey. Out of presumably ignorance he deftly machetteed a lot of underbrush out of Mann’s way, so he just charged in and made the issue bigger than it might have been.
What sent my alarm bells ringing, was Mann’s assertion that the Arctic sea ice is a key cooling mechanism that stops the earth from cooking.
The guy never asked, and Mann never offered a reason why all that ice is there to begin with. Hey Mike, it’s cold up there because there’s very little solar energy comes in there anyhow, so not much sea ice reflection effect.
And it would be even colder up there than it is, if it wasn’t for all the real live heat energy, that is shipped up there by water and air, from the tropics.
So the principal Arctic cooling process, in my view, is the convective transport of heat from the tropics, and not the ice reflection of a small solar radiation input.
With the sea ice intact, the surface Temperature is free to drop substantially below freezing, whereas absent the ice, the Surface Temperature is around zero or at least above the freezing point.
And there’s that little matter of the radiant cooling of the surface by some e.T^4 sort of gray body factor.
The warmer ocean water surface is a better radiator of LWIR than is the much colder ice surface.
Now Mann said that the sea ice could disappear in a hurry if we reached that tipping point, but the WAIS tipping point that we no longer can do anything about may not collapse, for 100, 200, 300 years or so, according to Professor Mike Mann.
So it is nice if DMI us going to keep us appraised of the real Artic picture, because the CAGWMMCC crowd are very busy.
The interviewer specifically asked Mann howcum, the news media aren’t aware of all of this and telling the people about it.
G

commieBob
Reply to  george e. smith
February 25, 2016 1:03 pm

Well he did describe how the sea ice reflects all the sunlight that reaches the arctic surface, and thus cools the planet, whereas absent the sea ice, the arctic ocean will absorb the solar energy just like the tropical oceans, and we would all roast.

Here’s a link to a very good summary of the arctic energy budget. The last three pages are graphics that summarize the budget. At the bottom of each graphic is the warning “NUMBERS DON’T BALANCE!!”. In other words, the balance isn’t fully understood.
One thing is certain. Even with no ice at all, the arctic ocean will not absorb solar energy just like the tropical oceans. Because the sun strikes at an angle, at noon on the summer solstace the ocean will absorb only half what a tropical ocean would absorb. At other times it would be even less. What about 24 hour sunshine, you ask? At midnight, the sun strikes at such a shallow angle that almost no energy is absorbed.
As (almost) always, clouds are a complicating factor. When the ice is present, the sky is CAVU (clear and visibility unlimited). Over water, on the other hand, there are clouds and fog. There are places in the arctic where very little solar energy reaches the ocean surface.
As (absolutely) always, things are complicated. Michael Mann doesn’t deal with that. He deals in simple clear stories that are mostly hogwash.

Science or Fiction
Reply to  commieBob
February 26, 2016 3:56 pm

Sounds like the scientist has resorted to inductivism – and the journalist has left his duty to be a watchdog – a lethal cocktail.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  george e. smith
February 25, 2016 4:13 pm

LOL, commiebob, since when did a liberal ever care about ” budgets ” ?

Reply to  george e. smith
February 25, 2016 8:49 pm

George – wrt shrinking sea ice and MM:
It was all over the news a few days ago about how the melting arctic ice was going to raise sea level and flood all the coastal cities (as part of the report that the last 100 years saw the fastest sea level rise in 2800 years). Not ONE of the networks clued in that the melting of FLOATING sea ice isn’t going to do a whole heck of a lot (and yes, I know about the salinity issue).
Thing is, the media is an unthinking robot that just repeats what AP, Reuters and a few others tell them. The news anchors are nothing more than talking heads that read what’s on the teleprompter. Most of them have long forgotten their high school physics, assuming they didn’t opt out. Often the news has entertainment value, but very little is totally factual. That would be boring. It has to be a sensationalized 10 second clip designed to capture the attention of their audience for their advertisers.
So we can come here and discuss our perceptions of fact. Four witnesses, six stories, the facts hidden somewhere, even video is interpreted with our built in biases.
Mann just can’t help himself. He lives in his own delusional reality. Sadly, he probably believes everything he says. He too has forgotten his basic physics and chemistry.

Gerry Morrow
Reply to  george e. smith
February 26, 2016 7:03 am

“He said in so many words, that the arctic sea ice is necessary for keeping the planet cool, and without it we would all roast.”
He’s right to the extent the planet will get warmer at the poles. However won’t this warmer weather cause an increase in water vapour in the atmosphere, and hence more cloud? And won’t this cloud then increase the albedo in the atmosphere, lowering the amount of sunlight hitting the world’s surface?

February 25, 2016 10:59 am

I was following this for a while before they removed it, and I have to say that it was pretty clear there was something wrong. Kudos to them for straightening it out and apologizing. Mind you it would have been better for giggles at the people who love Arctic ice so much that they desperately want it all to melt away, if the graph had been correct.

Scarface
February 25, 2016 11:04 am

It was already for a long time behind a link that said something like ‘you can view the old …..’ They could have added a date to that link and then let it disappear at that exact moment.

February 25, 2016 11:17 am

My problem is the apparent lack of overlap in time between
A. the end of a depreciated (or even wildly inaccurate) chart or measure being used for years, and
B. the Replacement of A using a “better” calculation model.
I can understand the reluctance to leave A up and running, even with a prominent disclaimer that it is depreciated and B is the far superior tool. A and B are (cough!) DIFFERENT and the explanation is something people would prefer to avoid. Tough! This is supposed to be science, not advertising.

February 25, 2016 11:29 am

“Because of the deprecated status of the old plot in the past year, DMI has not been monitoring these irregularities. The old plot should, of cause, have been removed when the mask was replaced.”
Yes, it should have, really. When are we to be blessed with the new improved 30% sea-ice plot?
So Arctic sea-ice death spiral fanatics can now breathe a sigh of relief and get back to ‘business as usual’ whilst sceptics are left feeling ever so slightly disgruntled by the sleight of hand which convinced them that the Arctic might be making a recovery. C’est la vie as they say. Alas, for alarmists, the bigger picture still stubbornly refuses to look quite the way they would want it to.
http://www.climate4you.com/images/NSIDC%20NHandSHandTOTALiceExtension12monthRunningAverage.gif
http://www.climate4you.com/images/MAAT%2070-90N%20HadCRUT4%20Since1900.gif

February 25, 2016 11:40 am

Can someone tell me why, during the Holocene Climate Optimum, when temperatures were higher than they are today for thousands of years (without AGW effects), didn’t polar ice melt away almost completely then, inundating the world — in fact, sea levels were lower, at least in Europe.

Toneb
Reply to  David J Strumfels
February 25, 2016 12:48 pm

David:
Please Google “Milankovitch cycles” re the HCO to find the answer to your question.

Duster
Reply to  Toneb
February 25, 2016 1:14 pm

Toneb, David’s question is a perfectly good question and the Milankovic cycles are irrelevant to the answer. The better answer is to be found by doing a search on “Early Holocene high marine stands” or similar search. In fact, sea level reached a level about 1.5 meters above the present stand. There is very good evidence for this high stand from such disparate regions as Texas, Brazil, Tasmania and Micronesia. There is also excellent evidence in the form of buried (in ice) vegetable matter from the period that was recovered from the Greenland Ice Sheet margins.
Sea levels were “lower” in Europe because isotatic rebound effects on land elevations from lost mass of the melting glaciers had not (and still have not) completed. That is why the sea levels along the US mid-Atlantic coast are “rising” at present The land in Europe during the early Holocene was higher than it is at present. Land was sinking along the coasts of northwest Europe rapidly enough during the Middle Ages to have an impact on folk lore (see the myth of Lyonesse for example), or tales of drowned vllages off Cornwall, Wales or Brittany. Modern sea levels more or less stabilized only within the last 4,000 years and that is definitely still only “more or less.”

richardscourtney
Reply to  Toneb
February 26, 2016 1:05 am

Toneb:
Please provide
(a) a reference to whichever alarmist blog provided you with the untrue soundbite about ““Milankovitch cycles” re the HCO”
and
(b) the answer to the question from David J Strumfels which you claim can be found in that blog.
Richard

commieBob
Reply to  David J Strumfels
February 25, 2016 5:28 pm

It depends on which ice disappears. All the floating ocean ice can melt and make almost no difference to the sea level. You can try an experiment with an ice cube in a glass of water.
On the other hand, if all the Greenland or Antarctic ice were to melt, there would be a big change in sea level. We know that didn’t happen because the Greenland ice cores go back 100,000 years and the Antarctic ice cores go back 800,000 years.

February 25, 2016 11:50 am

The DMI explanation makes sense in that the higher resolution coastal mask made the subsequent results incomparable because the surveyed area changed.. But to data to which the old mask was applied must still exist. Why not just apply the new mask to the old data to get a backward comparable ‘new and improved’ 30 percent chart.
15% ice isn’t a very useful ice extent metric; it includes ice extent fringe pixels that are 85 percent water. The present winter low extent could just mean the sea ice is more compacted by the weather; fewer 85% water pixels does not directly indicate less actual sea ice.
And extent provides no information about thick multiyear ice, which is a major influence on how much sea ice survives the summer. Presumably the same satellite altimetry used for SLR could give some sense of multiyear ice; thicker should float enough higher to be detectable.

Reply to  ristvan
February 25, 2016 12:39 pm

Why not just apply the new mask to the old data to get a backward comparable …

I was asking myself the same question.

Duster
Reply to  ristvan
February 25, 2016 12:59 pm

The question is a good one, but I am not at all confident that the explanation actually does make sense. The 30% isopleth ought to be father off shore than the 15% line. Would the concentration plot actually be troubled by a modified coastal mask unless the isopleth has been moving shoreward? From my GIS days, generating buffers (masks) around complex forms tends to produce simpler forms than the form as a function of buffer width. Greater margins (e.g. 15% vs 30%) should produce inherently simpler geometries as the intricacies of the original form are masked by merged areas in the buffer.

Richard M
Reply to  ristvan
February 26, 2016 8:09 am

When I looked backwards in time at the 30% data I saw a slow progression to higher values. If the current explanation is true, why was there not a step function when the new filter was put online? It still smells a little fishy to me.
I also wondered why they simply didn’t apply to new filter to all the old data in a similar manner to upgrades to UAH version 6 where they applied a new algorithm to all the data. I suspect given the above situation the new filter might show the same increase even when applied back in time.

Fred Harwood
February 25, 2016 11:54 am

So, will the 30% sea ice chart with new mask be available for those who follow the difference between the 15% and the 30% extent? Or does that difference no longer matter?

February 25, 2016 12:19 pm

Just a common sense prediction: Arctic sea ice extent may still be shrinking, but it is not alarming, and is the result of the Arctic warming in the last decade or two, lagging behind the global warming of about 1980-2000. The planet has since ceased warming the last decade and a half, and I suspect the Arctic will soon follow. El Nino may be having having a temperary effect also. The fact is, mankind is a long way from understanding natural climate change and its variability. Why do people, especially scientists who should know better, jump to the conclusion that the Arctic is going to continue warming? What evidence is there to jump to that conclusion?

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  hollybirtwistle
February 25, 2016 4:24 pm

…Follow da money !

angech
February 25, 2016 12:19 pm

Not convinced yet, Anthony
This is a fudge
Story has been running for a month now and this is the best they can cobble up?
Thanks to Steven Mosher for providing “explanation
So much wrong with this attempted explanation/excuse/dodge.
“caused by a new and higher resolution coast mask.”
Why were they applying a new mask update to an old offline graph in the first place unless they were still actively using it?
What was the rational or lack thereof in using it?
Why did they not adjust all the past data with the new coastal mask for all 11 years?
That is what one normally does when applying a new technique.
This is a Michael Mann Mickey Mouse excuse that they mistakenly spliced two different data algorithm graphs together.
The DMI is not that dumb, but there excuse is.
“The elevated sea ice extent in the data from the old extent algorithm was an artifact”?
No it was either the sea ice extent one would get if using a new and higher resolution coast mask or it was the real graph if the old algorithm was used and 30% ice was increasing.
“DMI removal of the old sea ice extent graph was done at an unfortunate time, [sure was] namely, during a period where it seemed that the new and old ice extent plots disagreed .”
No the problem was that the old graph 2015 data was higher than the 2014 and had been going up for 3 months.Nothing to do with the 15% graph which never agreed with the 30% graph
“Because of the deprecated status of the old plot in the past year, DMI has not been monitoring these irregularities.”
So why did DMI choose to apply a new screen to a deprecated status old plot in summer in the first place ? If they were interested enough to apply a change in the first place they must have been monitoring it quite closely.
If they were not monitoring it why introduce a new graph in the first place
“The old plot should, of cause, have been removed when the mask was replaced.”
Why?
The old plot should have been updated so it was all contiguous and treated equally. Like Mosher’s mates do all the time with their temperature data changes. Adjusting the past records when you introduce a new modifier is Standard Practice for all meteorological procedures. And it is only 11 years data..
“http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/iceextent_disagreement_is_an_artifact.uk.php
Sea Ice extent – explanation on an apparent divergence between algorithms.
DMI apologizes for the confusion and inconvenience this has caused”.
DMI should apologize for this lame excuse of a lame excuse.

Robert B
Reply to  angech
February 25, 2016 12:53 pm

You just saved me the trouble of writing a long reply. I’ll add that the 30% ice-extent away from the coast would be a better indication of whether the Arctic would disappear like the 15% plot is continually used for.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  angech
February 25, 2016 4:25 pm

……..Again, .Follow da money !

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  angech
February 26, 2016 4:18 am

If DMI does the updates by hand there would be huge work involved to recreate the whole graph. We don’t program computers that long to do such work, mind you. /s

Myron Mesecke
February 25, 2016 12:25 pm

When is an apology not an apology?
When they don’t replace the bad 30% graph with a new good 30% graph.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Myron Mesecke
February 25, 2016 12:32 pm

+1

Reply to  Myron Mesecke
February 25, 2016 12:35 pm

Exactly Myron.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Myron Mesecke
February 25, 2016 4:27 pm

If my car doesn’t run as good as it use to, of course I just throw it away instead of fixing it ! Fixing things was sooooo yesterday ! LOL…./ sarc off..

Reply to  Myron Mesecke
February 25, 2016 5:19 pm

Myron M,
Exactamundo!

angech
February 25, 2016 12:38 pm

So many questions
And yes I am one of the 1% ice watchers but do try to stay civil.
By the way WUWT and Neven are the direct causes of the decommissioning.
Not a lot of people know that including WUWT or Neven.
You may remember 3 or 4 years ago when there was a kerfuffle about you using 1 instead of 2 standard deviation graphs in your Sea Ice Graphs.
You got knocked about for it.
DMI 30% may have been one of the graphs in question!
you changed to a 2ST deviation version and then DMI took up data and used a 15% graph running the two together with the 15% linking to the 30% but your version only ever showed the non linked 15% graph here.
Two years ago DMI announced that the graph would be discontinued but they continued to run it.
For years it would show big sudden dips [blips]. which were not corrected.
I believe you had an explanation for this in that the data was taken from satellite which would occasionally drop out a segment of data making the amount of sea ice much smaller until the weather improved enough for the satellites to see the full extent.
Neven knows this but you both misrepresent this by saying the the graph is old and outdated.
It was so outdated that DMI decided to improve it [they say ] in Summer this year.
The excuse might make sense of the rise but why splice it on instead of adjusting all the data as one would normally due

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  angech
February 25, 2016 4:30 pm

…If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything !

Reply to  angech
February 25, 2016 8:57 pm

Angech:
They used to change the algorithm twice per year to deal with changing seasons and water on top of the ice. AW provided an excellent explanation of that some years back. So the old graphs used to show an anomaly in the spring and fall when they changed the algorithms.

Eliza
February 25, 2016 12:40 pm

They are simply responding, in my view to pressure by the Danish government/others who have noticed event this due to this site and others, to provide some reply, any reply. You will notice if you look carefully at the new version of the old graph posted above that the original 2015 plot has been put back again. I don’t believe a word of it. sorry.

Eliza
Reply to  Eliza
February 25, 2016 12:42 pm

Fortunately the Scandinavians do not tolerate deception compared to us ect, and in my view they will put the original graph back eventually.

John Peter
Reply to  Eliza
February 25, 2016 1:30 pm

At least that used to be the case. In any event, the point made above about volume is equally important. Less extent could be nullified by greater multiyear ice extent within a smaller area.

Editor
Reply to  Eliza
February 25, 2016 6:25 pm

According to some papers I read some years ago, year-to-year variations in sea ice area are driven primarily by winds and currents rather than temperature. It seems to me to be entirely possible that 30% sea ice area can be growing while 15% sea ice area is declining. A bit of current or wind in the right direction will do the trick. So on what grounds were people saying that the 30% data was obviously wrong?

seaice1
Reply to  Mike Jonas
February 26, 2016 9:02 am

On the grounds that the people who produce the graph have explained that the introduction of new mask meant the graph was wrong. On top of this the 30% was almost certainly wrong because the conditions that would be needed for the 30% to be growing compared to the 15% were not occuring. It would require an unliklely compaction of the ice that coul dbe seen not to be occuring by other observations.

Duster
February 25, 2016 12:44 pm

‘…I suggest this maxim: “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar”…’
In fact, it is the opposite. Flies are attracted to the acetic acid. If you set out a jar with dilute vinegar, it acts as an excellent fly trap.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Duster
February 25, 2016 1:24 pm

I must try this while it’s still legal.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
February 25, 2016 4:31 pm

..LOL

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
February 25, 2016 5:54 pm

jorge 1:24 pm, + many and LOL and thanks because reading this thread had become quite a chore.

eyesonu
Reply to  Duster
February 25, 2016 9:30 pm

If you really want to attract flies just brush a little phosphoric acid (75% concentration) on a piece of rusty metal. You can get flies even in the winter!

Eliza
February 25, 2016 12:48 pm

BTW you can compare yearly NH thick ice here (purple)
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/
so if someone bothers to check my guess is that the graph is correct comparing with past months/years ect Thank you CT! LOL

Lawrence Martinez
Reply to  Eliza
February 25, 2016 3:57 pm

@ Eliza
Do you understand this graph from your linked page?
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.anomaly.arctic.png
Same question regarding a different graph, same linked page.
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/seaice.area.arctic.png

Lawrence Martinez
Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 4:19 pm

@Eliza
One more from your link, this one is for global ice area and anomoly. If you look at area you’ll notice that is is now at an all time low.
http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg

Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 5:22 pm

Lawrence Martinez,
Thanx for posting the graph of global sea ice. It shows that global ice is not at any record low. Thus, it’s just natural variability.
But if you insist on being frightened, I guess you have that right.

Reply to  Lawrence Martinez
February 25, 2016 5:29 pm

[Comment deleted. ID thief, caught again. -mod]

Richard G
Reply to  Eliza
February 25, 2016 11:28 pm

Eliza, I checked your link and your right. The 30% or greater sea ice has a higher extent in 2016 than 2015.

ferdberple
February 25, 2016 12:51 pm

“The old plot should, of cause, have been removed when the mask was replaced. DMI apologizes for the confusion and inconvenience this has caused.”
=======================
this makes no sense. why change the mask if it means you must remove the data? what was the purpose in changing the mask?
Were any other masks changed? for example, was the mask on the “15% coverage” plot changed?

Janice Moore
Reply to  ferdberple
February 25, 2016 2:33 pm
Eliza
February 25, 2016 12:52 pm

The fact is both graphs are very useful. I don’t understand why they removed the 30% graph

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  Eliza
February 25, 2016 4:34 pm

…..They did not like the results..period !

A C Osborn
February 25, 2016 12:52 pm

The really odd things is that the MASIE values aremore in line with the 30% DMI.
So now they will have to either “Adjust” the MASIE values or disappear it too.
https://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/masie-versus-nsidc-day-50-2016/
https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/maisie-confirms-arctic-sea-ice-remaining-stable-in-february/
Even Mr Neven’s own analysis of Piomas also does not show January Volume as being the lowest ever either, perhaps they should disappear that as well to avoid confusion.
http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2016/02/piomas-february-2016.html#more

Reply to  A C Osborn
February 25, 2016 4:27 pm

Masie is IMO a better metric. Higher resolution than the microwave pixels since incorporates visual signals also (but I have not investigated the guts of this, just so far what Masie says on the website). For sure summer ice flow meltwater confounds microwave readings, and for sure this can be resolved optically. Essay Northwest Passage. So, Masie in summer must be better. Now, not a big difference in winter. Besides, in winter Masie doesn’t have optical signals for months.
Plus Masie uses 40% ice pixels. Big improvement. Alas, Masie starts in 2006. But, good enough to possibly show arctic ice recovery in the future. As it already seems to be doing, possibly why few refer to Masie.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  ristvan
February 25, 2016 4:39 pm

..Wait a minute…Isn’t Masie done with satellites ? ..Didn’t they just argue that satellites measurements are unreliable ?..I’m sooooooo confused !

Reply to  ristvan
February 25, 2016 6:22 pm

“Masie is IMO a better metric.”
Well, that’s an opinion. But the folks who make it have some advice. MASIE is great for its intended purpose of locating the edge of the ice, but not for comparisons over time.
“2. When should I use MASIE and when should I use the Sea Ice Index?
Use the Sea Ice Index when comparing trends in sea ice over time or when consistency is important. Even then, the monthly, not the daily, Sea Ice Index views should be used to look at trends in sea ice. The Sea Ice Index documentation explains how linear regression is used to say something about trends in ice extent, and what the limitations of that method are. Use MASIE when you want the most accurate view possible of Arctic-wide ice on a given day or through the week. “

A C Osborn
February 25, 2016 1:05 pm

MASIE is closer to the 30% than the 15% DMI and now they will have to “Quality Adjust” that or disappear it too.
https://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/masie-versus-nsidc-day-50-2016/
https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/maisie-confirms-arctic-sea-ice-remaining-stable-in-february/
https://xmetman.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/masie/
Even Mr Neven’s own analysis of PIOMAS Volume does not show January as being the lowest ever volume either.
http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2016/02/piomas-february-2016.html#more

A C Osborn
February 25, 2016 1:06 pm

Sorry for the duplication as the 1st post appeared to have got lost, but was just delayed.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  A C Osborn
February 25, 2016 4:41 pm

..It will be forever more known as the ” Osborn Hiccup ” ! Your fate is sealed ! LOL

charles nelson
February 25, 2016 1:23 pm

It would appear to me that even with the best will in the world, and all the modern resources available, we have only a vague idea of what current sea ice conditions may be. If you put that alongside the fact that we know little about conditions before the 70s and even less about the decades and centuries before…it’s hard to get too worried about any trends…especially as small as the ones currently being observed.

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  charles nelson
February 25, 2016 4:44 pm

…We seem to know a lot about what we don’t know and just guess at the rest ! I think Mother Nature has a whole lot of surprises to send our way soon !

Robert B
February 25, 2016 1:28 pm

Just two points
Why does the 15% plot have data going back to 2012 but a 1979-2000 mean? If the 30% plot could be so far off because of a change in masking (which needed to be done prior to better sat. data) then that comparison must be completely meaningless.
Secondly is this plot that has not been updated since (they changed the masking?) 2009.
http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/ice_anim/9.gif
I think that both show pressure towards biased analysis.

Robert B
Reply to  Robert B
February 25, 2016 1:37 pm

better link to the page
http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/index.uk.php

angech
Reply to  Robert B
February 25, 2016 4:18 pm

The DMI 30% graph was done by the Danes by their own algorithm for 11 years.
The new 15% chart is actually done by someone else with satellite data going back to 1979 hence the different mean and the plot being similar to all other 15% graphs.
The Danes were to embarrassed by their 30% graph differences that they bowed to pressure to use a better, proper Swedish graph.
[OK, maybe not Swedish but it felt good saying that, sorry moderator]

Marcus ( unmelted )
Reply to  angech
February 25, 2016 4:46 pm

…So it’s actually manipulated garbage ?

jorgekafkazar
February 25, 2016 1:55 pm

I don’t blame anyone for being paranoid about “disappeared” charts and data. That’s the reality of Science today, as a result of warmist machinations, Yamalification, orchard picking of dendro data, stonewalling of FOIA requests, failure to publish data, refusal to provide methodologies, nuisance lawsuits, pal review, biased journals, irreproducible papers, and so on and on.
In its ethics, Science has descended to Lysenkoist levels, where assumption of intent to deceive is a sensible strategy.
I don’t believe that any of the partisans in the commentary above caused this situation, but I think we should all take note that deceptive science by others has eroded trust throughout Science in general. The Ship of Science is sinking, and we’re rearranging the deck chairs, here, arguing about a very small and untimely issue.

February 25, 2016 2:42 pm

Anthony without starting another conspiracy … Why is the mean data shading only showin 1979 – 2000 data surely for statistical accuracy it should show 1979 to previous year ( 2015 ) wouldn’t that be a more accurate comparison representation of the mean data facts vs current data.

Chris Z.
February 25, 2016 2:49 pm

The only explanation for the erroneous high 30% values during 2015/16 (if that’s what they turn out to be) is that they used the NEW mask (giving a larger basic area) with the OLD method of calculation. There must logically be some sort of fixed correction factor involved, for the discrepancy of the measured area (minus the masked pixels) and the actual area (including the masked pixels). That difference became smaller with the finer-grained mask, so the correction should have been lowered at the same time.
What is profoundly unlogical (and therefore unconvincing to me) is that they forgot to use the correct way of calculating from the newly-masked data for the 30% plot, but made a smooth transition on the 15% plot at the same time, and yet weren’t able to simply switch the 30% plot to the new calculation as well. Both plots are derived from the same data AFAIK, only with a different between “no ice” and “ice”, which naturally is not a black-and-white binary distinction because of the finite (and considerable) area of every pixel on the satellite images, so you have to “posterize” the raw data to measure areas at or above a particular percentage of ice present. It should be no great thing to even make the percentage value a variable that either the viewer, or certainly the compiler of the published graphs, can input ad-libitum to generate graphs related to any relative ice/water percentage they might desire. A proper method workable for 15% minimum ice cannot be failing for 30% minimum ice, as the difference is merely a different threshold applied to the very same source data. No matter how that has been masked (or not).

angech
Reply to  Chris Z.
February 25, 2016 4:26 pm

Could be wrong but the new mask should only apply to the 30% data. This was different from the 15% graphs because they assessed coastlines in a totally different way. The new mask should not be being applied to any 15% graph.
They use totally different algorithms .
DMI 30% is original Danish math mastery.
30% is the Danish original Algorithm from 11 years ago.
15% is the Swedish/IPCC/World Algorithm from 1979.
No coastal masking included.
Much better than the Danish, obviously.
As the Danes have admitted.

Janice Moore
Reply to  angech
February 25, 2016 4:45 pm

angech the amazing Swede (smile),
Just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying reading your insightful (and sometimes humorous) comments. Thanks for all the great info.!
Janice

Chris Z.
February 25, 2016 2:50 pm

…only with a different RELATION between…. – sorry!

William Grubel
February 25, 2016 4:35 pm

Now how about the RSS Northern Polar Temperature Lower Troposphere (TLT) – 1979 to Present graph. I notice it has quit updating too. Seems like every time something starts to show a trend the warmistas don’t like it simply stops updating.

February 25, 2016 5:59 pm

if the topic here is agw then it does not matter what the sea ice is doing. the only thing that matters is whether whatever the sea ice is doing can be related to the rate of fossil fuel emissions by way of warming, but there is no empirical evidence to support that relationship.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2725743

Reply to  Jamal Munshi
February 25, 2016 8:54 pm

J. Munshi,
Exactamundo, Jamal. We need evidence! But they have no evidence.
Next! …

Glenn999
February 25, 2016 6:56 pm

I still don’t understand why we compare everything to the start date of 1979, at the end of a cold period, when ice levels were known to be high. Maybe they were unusually high and not the norm. Maybe now is not death spiral; just NORMAL.
Oh well, what do I know?

Editor
Reply to  Glenn999
February 26, 2016 2:08 pm

1979 marks the start of the satellite record and accurate sea ice measurements. Earlier data has much greater uncertainties. The timing is a bit unfortunate.

KTM
February 25, 2016 7:08 pm

This is a symptom of a cancer that afflicts climate “science”. The prevailing opinion is that “improvements” to the data can and should be made in real-time, with no concern that by doing so they may invalidate or muddle 100+ years of previous work done by so many people.
Hard copies of the data are not retained, the digital data is tampered with daily, the changes go unexplained, and requests for any sort of records or explanations re met with obstruction or angry denunciations.
No other science that I know of operates like this. The original records and data are sacrosanct. Post-hoc meddling is misconduct. But climate “science” has a culture problem where this sort of thing is encouraged.

Unmentionable
February 25, 2016 7:08 pm

When data blasphemes … via telling the truth … and it got a bit too interesting, too fast.
@Jamal Munshi All true Jamal, except perception/emotion/BS is how team AGW rolls. Nevertheless hard data will win this, it always wins anti science religious argumentation over time.
Hopefully before we drop-off the twig.

AndyG55
February 25, 2016 8:35 pm

The real question is, seeing that they had one of the longest term CONSISTENT measurements of sea ice…
…. why would they change the masking and the algorithm?
The only way you can tell REAL changes over time is keeping the same methodology.

Reply to  AndyG55
February 25, 2016 9:04 pm

Excellent question Andy. Even if we know the mask is wrong, why would it matter? After all, we are looking at anomalies. Right?

Taylor Pohlman
Reply to  AndyG55
February 25, 2016 9:12 pm

I think folks are missing the point of having these two graphs. They obviously aren’t directly comparable, because of different algorithms, but relative to each other, I look for situations where it the gap is widening, I assume the ice is spreading out, and therefore average volume is decreasing vs. if the gap is narrowing the ice is compressing. Otherwise, if you just look at the 15%, it’s impossible to know if expanding extent is due to more ice vs. existing ice spreading out. Frustrating to not have that insight any more.

AndyG55
Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
February 26, 2016 12:13 am

“Frustrating to not have that insight any more.”
It is that comparison with even the slightly longer sea ice record that they will DESPERATELY be trying to hide over the never few years !!

seaice1
Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
February 26, 2016 9:10 am

You can use sea ice area vs sea ice extent to get an indication.

Pethefin
February 25, 2016 10:15 pm

I took awhile but finally the DMI did what I and many others were asking for and even apologized for the confusion they had created with their communication. The apology certainly was a surprise considering the usual behavior in climate science, but very welcome.
What is interesting in their explanation is the fact that they updated their costal mask, does that mean that they will keep their traditional 30% ice coverage metric for their other sea-ice products?

KTM
February 25, 2016 10:19 pm

“I got tired of answering questions about it so I took it offline”.
That person is no scientist.
A real scientist LOVES to talk about their work, to anybody anytime. They will talk the ears off a total stranger who shows the tiniest hint of interest.

February 26, 2016 12:15 am

I read that all this would happen over these graphs a year and a half ago…

Pethefin
Reply to  Sparks
February 26, 2016 12:24 am

Interesting, where did you read (a year and a half ago) that the DMI would update their coastal mask, forget to adjust the 30 % algorithm, and later be forced to reinterpreted the graph? Yeah sure, they said that the old graph was substituted with a new, and hinted of the discontinuation, but this?

Reply to  Pethefin
February 26, 2016 7:57 am

There was a discussion about them removing it when it was pointed out that sea ice was increasing, I think it may have been on Tony Hellars site…

Pethefin
Reply to  Pethefin
February 27, 2016 1:29 am

You should read the entire question before trying to answer it.

Mark
February 26, 2016 1:03 am

I think what this highlights for many of us laymen and women is that empirically, we have no idea of ice volume. Just area is imaged and “modeled”.
Is that correct, the ice volume is modeled. As in best guess? As in we generally have no idea on thickness of sea ice?
Given that the “guess” changes as alterations are made, do we have any real idea of the accuracy?
I seem to be getting tired of models having an appearance of fact, this issue with the 30% error shows that clearly. We are to accept that it or the 15% was ever right in the first place

Clovis Marcus
February 26, 2016 3:10 am

While I accept the explanation that underlying land mapping will change the output. I think there are still some legitimate unanswered questions
I wonder when the new coastal mapping was applied because I;d have expected a step change which I don’t see. Is there something in the algorithm to smooth that out? If so why? It would have rung alarm bells immediately.
I’d also ;like it backed up with a comparison graph for,say, 6 months before and 6 months after the change in input data, to show how the plots were affected. It’s the sort of forensics I’d have to give if one of my projects went wrong. I’d be expected to show external forces had caused the failure.

NevenA
Reply to  Clovis Marcus
February 26, 2016 4:31 am

I wonder when the new coastal mapping was applied because I;d have expected a step change which I don’t see.

According to the DMI it was applied in Summer, a time when there isn’t much sea ice near most of the Arctic Ocean’s coasts. As things filled up again with ice reaching the shores, the disparity became larger. Makes sense really, but it hadn’t crossed my mind. Thanks for the suggestion.

Pethefin
Reply to  NevenA
February 26, 2016 10:13 am

NIce of you Neven to admit that the DMI explanation was something new, even to you. Too many alarmists are acting as if they knew this all along. Kudos to DMI for explaining and apologizing for confusion that resulted from the lack of communication.

Brian
Reply to  NevenA
February 26, 2016 11:35 am

“Too many alarmists are acting as if they knew this all along.”
I see many “alarmists” saying they knew there was something wrong with the plot, not that they knew these kind of details. Many, including myself, said that accusations of nefarious intent were premature. So many commenters here jumped straight to the blame game without having any kind of an answer, and many are still doing so. It would seem that inflammatory rhetoric is preferred to finding answers. Now, there are plenty of commenters here who are indeed seeking answers, but there’s an awful lot of nonsense diluting them.

Pethefin
Reply to  NevenA
February 26, 2016 11:58 pm

Brian, I do agree that discussions concerning climate science have become quite unproductive. And I do agree that suspecting malice is premature when simple incompetence is sufficient, as long as no documentation is available. Do you agree that that crying “conspiracy ideation” every time some criticizes climate scientists is even worse as it is purely anti-scientific.

angech
February 26, 2016 4:28 am

Good point Clovis. The excuse is they introduced it in summer when the coastline was not so involved. Sounds a trifle dodgy as they showed new and old areas with masking that were quite different .
Where is the step. Is it less in Summer.
I presume they showed winter comparisons?

Ivor Ward
February 26, 2016 4:45 am

So, let me get this straight. The science of ice area was settled but then someone moved the coastline in the Arctic and it needed a new masking algorithm.
The science was settled but then we suddenly realised that temperatures from ship inlets and buckets (which are taken to enable the efficient running of the engines and gennys) were more accurate than temperatures from buoys put in place specifically to measure ocean temperatures for climatic purposes.
The science was settled that we were emitting all the nasty CO2 but then we stuck up a satellite which showed most CO2 in the Southern hemisphere so it had to be re-calibrated and tucked out of sight.
The science was settled that the temperatures were rising rapidly until they stopped at the turn of the century and we had to stop using the satellite measurements and go back to infilling and UHI effects and making up temperatures in the Arctic to the nearest 1200 miles.
The science was settled and the USA was warming until the USHCN stations were brought into use and they had to be ignored because they needed to be adjusted upwards every year.
The science was settled and the Pacific Islands were going to sink beneath the waves until we discovered that they had , on average , increased in size.
The science is settled and the ice will be gone in summer by 2013/14 except it isn’t and wasn’t gone.
The science is settled and The deserts will engulf Central Africa except that now the green is spreading instead of the yellow.
The science is settled on an endless drought in California and in Western Australia……apart from the rain and flooding of course.
Forgive me for being confused by all these erstwhile and earnest climate scientists and their talking faces in the media but I am quite unsettled by this settled science of Climate catastrophism.

Harry Twinotter
February 26, 2016 5:54 am

“DMI simply bungled the public face of the decommissioning, there’s really no other way to look at it. Had they done this sort of due diligence before removing the graph, and placed a link to an explanation rather than to the new product with greatly differing values, there likely would not have been the questions about why it suddenly disappeared, and what the possible motives might be. The ham-handed response from the DMI employee did nothing but add suspicion to an already poorly handled situation.”
You make it sound like you think you are their boss or something like that. I really do not think the DMI answers to WUWT.
“and what the possible motives might be.”
And just why would anyone question their motives? Maybe the questioning itself has a motive.
“There has been so much skulduggery going on in the climate establishment in recent years…”
This sounds like a claim of conspiracy to me.

Luke
February 26, 2016 9:01 am

If you think the arctic sea ice data are suspect, talk to someone who lives in the arctic. Below is a quote from a relative who recently flew from Pt. Hope to Barrow.
“leads open to the horizon, like it was late May.”
Many data sources confirm this.
http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png

beng135
Reply to  Luke
February 26, 2016 11:56 am

Open leads! We’re doomed, DOOOOOMMMEEDDD!

bit chilly
Reply to  Luke
February 27, 2016 8:05 pm

you do know leads opening up at this time of year has nothing to do with melting and everything to do with currents and wind luke. it could well be that a current shift creating open leads is part of the mechanism for the rapid drop in surface temperatures in the north atlantic the past year.
open leads just now are doing nothing but allowing the ocean up there to cool rapidly.

February 26, 2016 9:11 am

“Below is a quote from a relative”
Science isn’t quotes from relatives.
Andrew

Luke
February 26, 2016 9:25 am

Andrew, Right but many here are questioning the data so I offered a personal observation. The person I quoted has lived in the arctic for 35 years and has seen enormous changes in the sea ice over that time. Again, I offer observations that confirm the science since many people seem to question the data.

February 26, 2016 9:33 am

“but many here are questioning the data”
A healthy way to address “scientific” information presented, I’d say.
“The person I quoted has lived in the arctic for 35 years and has seen enormous changes”
I’m sorry, Luke, but this is a generalization and doesn’t do much for scientific inquiry.
Andrew

Luke
Reply to  Bad Andrew
February 26, 2016 9:51 am

I noticed you put scientific in quotes. That suggests you are questioning the data so I offered a personal pespective. I suggest you either get up there and see what is happening or provide a credible explanation for why the NSIDC data are incorrect. If you do neither you are just pontificating.

Reply to  Luke
February 26, 2016 12:00 pm

Luke, listen up: IT’S NOT DATA!
It’s an algorithm. Do you understand the difference?

Luke
Reply to  Luke
February 26, 2016 2:41 pm

dbstealey: It is an algorithm that computes ice cover based on satellite data. UAH uses a complex algorithm is used to convert satellite data to temperature and, if I remember correctly, you don’t have any trouble with that.

February 26, 2016 10:06 am

“why the NSIDC data are incorrect”
That’s not my position. My position is that data just is what it is, and is neither correct or incorrect. The questioning, which is necessary for a scientific-minded person, is about how it’s collected, evaluated, (re)presented, and adjusted. You don’t have such questions, Luke?
Andrew

Ivor Ward
February 26, 2016 10:09 am

Luke February 26, 2016 at 9:25 am
Andrew, Right but many here are questioning the data so I offered a personal observation.
If only it were data, but it in’t is it. It is a product produced by computer algorithms which are subjective.

Luke
February 26, 2016 10:16 am

To get any further than simply questioning you need to do you own analysis or provide some concrete reasons why the current analyses are wrong. Simply stating that computer algorithms are involved is not a sincere criticism and will not advance our understanding.

Reply to  Luke
February 26, 2016 10:50 am

“advance our understanding”
I agree this is the goal. But non-critical acceptance of what you are given doesn’t advance any understanding, either.
Andrew

Luke
Reply to  Bad Andrew
February 26, 2016 2:44 pm

There are multiple independent data that all point to a decline the sea ice extent in the arctic over the past 35 years. If you feel there are problems with the approaches that are being used to estimate sea ice extent, it is incumbent on you to identify the flaws and publish your findings.

Reply to  Luke
February 26, 2016 12:02 pm

Luke says:
…you need to do you own analysis or provide some concrete reasons why the current analyses are wrong.
DMI doesn’t provide the necessary information. You should ask them why they don’t. We’ve tried, but they just ‘Say Anything’. But still, insufficient data.

Reply to  dbstealey
February 27, 2016 5:28 am

“There are multiple independent data that all point to a decline the sea ice extent in the arctic over the past 35 years.”
Luke, you are being deliberately obtuse. But I’m repeating myself.
Andrew

steve
February 26, 2016 10:20 am

Anthony: I love your work, but “disappears” as a verb?!?!?! C’MON, MAN!!!!!!

Slacko
Reply to  steve
February 29, 2016 9:16 am

Steve:
Is already a verb matey. But you’re right to question the unusuality of its usage. I was hard pressed to think of another such example, when Christopher Monckton suddenly came up with the phrase “to vanish the pause.” How strange, using verbs as .. er .. verbs. “My learnin’ must be laxin’ a bit,” I says to meself.

NeilT
February 26, 2016 10:33 am

Anthony, I have read your comment above and have read some of the comments on the previous thread.
Let me give my twopenneth worth on this.
DMI had a product which was deep linked by people who watch it. I know why it’s deep linked by certain communities just as you do. I, personally, always go to the DMI front page for data and then look at what they are presenting to the world as their day to day statistic.
When that product, no longer maintained and not linked to directly from the home page, was removed, there was consternation in certain circles.
You then placed a post on your site where you “implied” that this non-maintained graphic had been removed “with a purpose”. I’m not going to analyse the words or any implications of those words. Suffice to say the words used were not the normal words which imply that the graphic were simply removed in the normal course of the operation of the DMI. In fact they alluded to the fact that the DMI “might” want to present data in a better light by using a different metric for their data.
And that’s as far as I’m willing to go in even discussing that previous article.
Your current article appears to be a discussion on how DMI have badly mishandled the removal of the old graphic and why it led to you post your prior article. In short it looks very much like an excuse for jumping to conclusions. But don’t take my word for that I could be very much wrong in my assumption that this is what you are saying.
So. What I suggest for the future. Is that before you place a post which “could” be construed as both misleading and implying nefarious activities to a very well esteemed climate data centre; you send them an email explaining who you are, what has happened and asking them if they would like to explain the situation to you.
In that way, this tempest in a thimble might have been avoided and you could have then written an article explaining what had happened to your readership who do use this graphic and, should you wish to do so, highlight the rather poor communication technique of a body of people who deal with data first and users second.
You also might want to explore the Danish laws on written defamation and how they define it and what they do about it. Lest you wind up like Julian Assange who fell foul of the Swedish laws on sexual activity, which very few Western English speakers would credit, let alone expect.
On moderating your own board, I decline to comment other than to point you to your own comments about the communication style of the DMI and the impression it gives. Your own site is yours to moderate as you choose and nobody can deny you that right.

Aphan
Reply to  NeilT
February 26, 2016 10:59 am

NeilT
Twopenneth worth? Talk about price gauging!

Not Chicken Little
February 26, 2016 11:26 am

“Why are they going to disappear him?’
I don’t know.’
It doesn’t make sense. It isn’t even good grammar.”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Jack
February 26, 2016 12:24 pm

I am still waiting for some adjustment of a data set or algorithm that “improves” accuracy to have results not friendly to warming. If one assumes the problems addressed had a 50/50 chance of over or under estimating, then cause for suspicion of tampering is more than justified (some may say proven). Why DMI will not continue the old way for a few years while introducing the new algorithm so some comparisons are possible, I do not know. I do know, as I understand the graph, to put the new results with the old ones can only lead to bad conclusions.

Luke
Reply to  Jack
February 26, 2016 2:38 pm

They have had them both up for a while.

Mickey Reno
February 26, 2016 1:35 pm

Any time you are dealing in shaky statistics, and you introduce a new process that leads to a step change in the output, you have got to be careful, and explain EVERY little thing to your audience. I’m still arguing every time the issue of the alleged ozone hole comes up, with a guy here who thinks a step change in NOAA data that happened around 1984 proves the absolute truth of the alarmist position on that issue.

D.I.
February 26, 2016 2:31 pm

I think that if someone did an ‘Ice Graph’ of all areas that suffered temperatures of 0C degrees and below and then converted it in to one of those silly ‘Global Animations’, people would soon realise that the so called ‘Global Warming’ is a myth.
Even the ‘Sub Tropics’ suffer from 0C or less some time of the year,and maybe extends to the ‘Tropics’ in some cases.

Luke
Reply to  D.I.
February 26, 2016 2:36 pm

Really? You don’t think that people know that it gets below freezing at high altitudes in the tropics? I suggest you give it a try and see how many people change their minds about global warming.

D.I.
Reply to  Luke
February 26, 2016 3:27 pm

Luke,
Don’t try to ‘Obsfucate’, lets take ground tempratures.

Eliza
February 26, 2016 3:54 pm

In a nutshell, DMI are now part of the AGW drama (paid by IPCC, WMO, UN ect) so they cannot be trusted anymore. Their graphs/data are not worth anything from now on as far as I am concerned. I hope the Danish people wake up to this soon.

Science or Fiction
Reply to  Eliza
February 27, 2016 9:39 am

The Danish Meteorological Institute is the official Danish meteorological institute, administrated by the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.
It is reasonable to think that DMI might be more likely to look for and publish data in favor of the climate theory put forward by United Nations climate panel than against.

Eliza
February 26, 2016 4:01 pm

In fact NOAA. GISS, WMO surface is not worth anything as well. The USA congress is currently investigating potential fraud By NOAA just as an example, so this is not news. DMI is now in the same category as all those others. I have fear for the like of RSS and UHA satellite data holders in fact. Our only hope is that the USA elects a GOP candidate at this stage.

Eliza
February 26, 2016 4:11 pm

Lamar Smith has probably got a big one hiding from NOAA whistleblowers this is what is starting to happen maybe WUWT will wake up some day http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/scientists-finally-admit-climate-models-are-failing-to-predict-global-warming/

kim
February 26, 2016 7:56 pm

Sea Ice cryin’ in the reign.
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MojoMojo
March 10, 2016 3:44 am

DMIs explanation doesn’t make sense to me.
I would think that the 30% area would have less contact with the coast ,thus would be less affected by a revised mask.
Whereas if a new coastal mask has so much affect from 2015 onward ,how can the 15% data be compared to any previous years prior to 2016?Shouldnt all the previous years be recalculated using the new mask?
Isnt the 2016 15% data the artifact of adjustment?

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