NASA scientists seek to improve sea ice predictions

From the NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER. Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent smaller than in the 1980s. But predicting how the sea ice is going to behave in a particular year is tricky: There are still many unknowns about the conditions of the…

Arctic melt season changes and the Arctic regime shift

By Javier In sharp contrast with previous decades, the past 10 years have seen no change in Northern Hemisphere average sea ice extent, according to MASIE (may-zee, Multi-sensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent) database from the National Sea & Ice Data Center (NSIDC; see figure 1). Figure 1. MASIE sea-ice extent data for the Northern Hemisphere…

“‘The permafrost is dying’: Bethel sees increased shifting of roads and buildings”… Now they just need some warming.

Guest post by David Middleton Rural Alaska ‘The permafrost is dying’: Bethel sees increased shifting of roads and buildings Author: Lisa Demer Updated: 1 day ago calendar Published 2 days ago BETHEL — Along the main thoroughfare here, drivers brake for warped asphalt. Houses sink unevenly into the ground. Walls crack and doors stick. Utility…

A Rebuttal to Environmentalists’ Claims That “Arctic Drilling Revenue Predictions Are ‘Way Off’”

Guest post by David Middleton Why would anyone care what “environmentalists” have to say about potential Arctic oil revenue?  I only care because their “reasoning” is both fun and easy to ridicule. Environmentalists Say Arctic Drilling Revenue Predictions ‘Way Off’ IULIA GHEORGHIU | JUNE 19, 2017 Conservation advocates believe opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,…