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Neil, Less ice does not necessarily explain less melt. It depends both on the quality of the remaining ice and the character of the remaining summer, as I tried to explan in my last paragraph. Your description of the peripheral ice may very well be valid as well. I was not discussing any kind of cycle.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2017 on PIOMAS July 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
D, Rob & NielT, Simple mechanisms could explain this apparent change in late season volume decrease from the 80’ies and 90’ies to the current decade: Back then, a larger proportion of June ice would consist of MYI with a little snow on top. As soon as the snow was gone, it would be a hard struggle for the sun to get rid of the rest because the ice was so clean, dense and cold. June ice nowadays is mainly thin FYI with lots of dirty snow on top, hence June melt progresses quickly (around 20-25 % of the total volume at the end of May is now lost in June). Back then, volume of FYI + MYI at the end of June was still significant, hence average melt from summer solstice to the minimum in September would be in the order of 13 – 15,000 km3. Late summer melt nowadays is only in the order of 11- 13,000 km3, but percentage wise the melt over the late summer has gone up from around 50 % of the annual total loss back then to around 60-70 % of the annual total loss today. Hence, the June cliff may be the cause of the late summer decline in total loss (simply less ice available). In order to explain the lower absolute melt rates during late summer nowadays, one could either speculate in harder, denser, fresher MYI (hardly likely), or one could speculate in the socalled Atlantification process over the Arctic Ocean leading to more clouds, higher humidity, more snowfall and stronger winds, which would eventually lead to larger extent (relatively) and less volume loss (absolutely), just as we have seen.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2017 on PIOMAS July 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
I believe the correct adjective is: laconic as c.f. the Oxford Dictionary: ‘His laconic intellect and twinkling eye will never be forgotten by those who knew him.’
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2017 on PIOMAS July 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Cheers mate I had been looking at products such as this: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/sst/anomaly/ from time to time over the first half of the month and noticed in particular the huge red blop east of Florida. Let's wait until the end of the month and make sure all available data is in and the reference period is okay.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2017 on PIOMAS May 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Gents, I have warmed up to this comment for quite a while now. As I wrote in the “Looking for winter weirdness 2” thread almost five years ago (November 04, 2012 at 17:45 ): “4) A warm Carribbean Sea in May has severe implications, such as: - a. Beaufort sea ice disappears - b. Icelandic low turns into a high - c. Late-season hurricane hit New York” I’ll admit my forecast back then was partly based on a well written Master’s thesis, but I happened to notice that SSTs off Florida this year in May have been above average. I do not know if this is enough to lay the Beaufort blank and blue later this summer, but statistic certainly point that way. I’ll leave the forecast here for the time being, but may return to it later, if some of this turn out to be true again.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2017 on PIOMAS May 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Bill, Thank you for clarifying. My point was that in Rob’s original formula, he gave a lot of weight to the lower latitudes continents through his snow parameter. In addition, he has already given weight to the marginal ice zone through his ice area parameter (ice area in the central Arctic has so far had very little variability, and thus contributing very little to the signal). What is missing, in my view, is an indicator of the “Freezing Power” in the Central Arctic Ocean, which may be related to the Melt Pond factor identified by Petty et al. All three parameters carry caveats to some extent. Eventually snow cover will move from the continents to coastal glaciers and sea ice, thus marginal sea ice area and snow parameters will respond in a similar way (go together). Marginal ice zones may eventually also be dominated by glacial rubble and brash ice, once the Arctic becomes ice free in September. In the old days (such as 2012) melt ponds could still form in the central Arctic after a pretty normal freezing season. Nowadays - and into the future - such type of solid, impenetrable first year sea ice may become a rare incident and thus of reduced statistical significance. However, the “Freezing Power” of the central Arctic Ocean is still of value in order to estimate when we should expect to get rid of the last ice there in our lifetime.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on PIOMAS February 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven, Slater's diagrams are based on 925 hPa temperatures, which are easier to model because this level is mostly above the ground throughout the Arctic. When it comes to "Freezing Power", we need to be as near to the surface as possible due to the (normally) strong inversions during the Arctic winter. Now - for our purpose presumably - DMI has decided to plot both the overlapping timeseries in 2002 ( http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/meanTarchive/meanT_2002.png ) which give us a rough estimate of potential errors in the dataset.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2017 on PIOMAS February 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Rob, Thank you for refreshing my memory through that link to Jim’s site. It is exactly my point. Using the N80FDD as an indicator, which has a spatial bias towards the North Pole, should reflect the spatial pattern of significance in the Petty et al. paper (hatched areas in right hand columns labelled MP in fig 4, 5 & 6 here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016EF000495/pdf ). I should think that the 2002 glib discussed elsewhere, will only be a minor bump on the road. After all, we have seen a significant drop in the Winter (Oct-Mar) “Freezing Power” since the 1980’es, a time dependent parameter you will also include by using an FDD time series in your analysis.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2017 on PIOMAS February 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Rob I also read the Petty et al. paper with interest, and would like to point out the following findings, which are somewhat related to your fine work and your ideas to improve on it. 1) Petty et al. find that early spring melt onset (preferably already starting in March) in front of the mouths of great rivers such at McKenzie, Ob and Yenisei will lead to significantly lower SIE in September. This signal bears some resemblance to the early snow melt parameter in your model. 2) Petty et al. also find that low sea ice concentration in certain areas in May and June leads to less SIE in September. Taking the SIC within a limited area is somehow equivalent to your SIA parameter. 3) Finally, Petty et al. find that a high melt pond fraction in June and July in the Central Arctic also leads to less sea ice in September. The formation of melt ponds in this region may be somehow correlated with the “Freezing Power” you are looking for. It is not only the ice thickness, it is also the density, homogeneity and lack of salt in the ice as well as the lack of snow cover, which may lead to more melt ponds later in the season. I hope that you will be able to find a simple correlation between the FDDs from October through March, melt pond fraction during the summer and the subsequent SIE in September.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on PIOMAS February 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Wayne, I was about to quote you from another thread: ”we have to inform the public about this as best we can.” Agree, and please let me have a go at it: In line with Glenn Doty’s assertion, I’m convinced that events this winter have shown us elements of the tipping point we have reached: 1) Previously, proper deep water formation in the Nordic seas happened when cold Arctic air masses came off the Greenland Ice sheet or off the MYI cold pool in the Arctic Ocean. Nowadays, lukewarm deep water is formed when warm saline Atlantic water hits the cold ice edge north of Svalbard and – at the same time - melts it from below. 2) Over the past 30-40 years, marginal sea ice extent in e.g. the Sea of Okhotsk and the Gulf of St. Lawrence have gone down in line with global warming. This winter, cold continents produce thrilling temperatures which may help to grow large, but thin, marginal sea ice extents off the coastlines of North America and Asia. These two in combination have led us to the calamity we are in now. Volume is record low as Neven described and a thin veneer of thin ice at lower latitudes may lure the public to believe that everything is hunky dory. It isn’t! 3) In Antarctica, sea ice extent was until last year growing out from the coastlines in part due to stronger Katabatic winds. Now, the upwelling of deep and warmer ocean waters and fresh meltwater close to coast is having a detrimental effect on both the sea ice and the shelf ice near the grounding line. Both of these are now melting from the coast outwards. 4) Antarctic Foehn winds previously were sporadic phenomena of no major importance for surface melting. Now, oceanic air masses advected to Antarctica contain more moisture, hence the adiabatic heating on the upslope is bigger and thus the melting/sublimation potential on the downhill side is even bigger than before. These two in combination will also lead to accelerated melt of both shelf and sea ice from both top and bottom, which is another part of the tipping point story to be told this year. It is the un-observed parts of these changing physics, which really worries me, and the lack of documentation which makes it difficult to tell a coherent story until you actually see the ice vanish in front of your own eyes. Please pick any active thread on the forum and see for yourself how this year’s melt unfolds.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2017 on PIOMAS January 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
'Elisee Reclus', please say hello to you 'missus from me' and - following up on Neil's fine remark - keep up the good work of moving further away from the coast in Florida.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2016 on PIOMAS December 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven, Thank you for posting a link to that old French chap. Apparently, the real Reclus was banned from the curriculum, when I studied geography. I assume he was either a positivist or too deterministic to be edible at that time. However, your link also provided wonderful links to a subject new to me – Bioregionalism - and further links to wonderful initiatives, such as this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_(bioregion) This gave me great hopes for the future, and you could even compare the Cascadian region - "a land of falling waters." - with your home turf – the Arctic region – “a land of melting ice”. Concerning the fake Reclus, you should not worry. I had enough information to look up a couple of her books on the Internet, and even if she decides to register under a new name, I am sure I will be able to recognize her writing style. Cheers P
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2016 on PIOMAS December 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Susan, I did not try to play ”clever-clever” last Tuesday. It had been a really lousy day at work. A promising project had just poured more than a million Euros down the drain, and there was nothing I could do about it. Bill Gates and his mates had just announced their one billion USD ‘Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund’ and I had looked in vain for anything related to wind, solar and bio. On top of that, I read on the Forum that Trump had appointed the Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as new Secretary of State in order to harvest a 500 billion USD windfall contract for drilling with Putin in the Russian Arctic. I mean, look at the scale of these numbers! On top of that, I had to read through ‘Ivanka’s’ refusal to accept that any major changes in Arctic sea ice volume would happen “… in a few generations, or lifetimes…“. In this country, life expectancy for women is close to 80 years and a generation is normally close to 30 years. Thus, when Elisee Reclus, or whatever her name is, tries to tell us that we will be just fine over the next 60 to 160 years, I felt obliged to tell her, that she was not aligned with the main part of the crowd here. I’ll admit, that I was provoked by her remarks: “sue me!” and “ponds freeze over briefly in Florida” , but I still don’t regret asking her to back off for the time being. I hope you will concur that emotions are allowed, but when they disturb the facts, we should all be ware and help each other to keep a steady course through muddy waters.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2016 on PIOMAS December 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony was the only one I could think of. According to Wikpedia, it was well received in 1808 – including these kind words from a guy called Hoffmann: “Radiant beams shoot through this region's deep night, and we become aware of gigantic shadows which, rocking back and forth, close in on us and destroy everything within us except the pain of endless longing—a longing in which every pleasure that rose up in jubilant tones sinks and succumbs, and only through this pain, which, while consuming but not destroying love, hope, and joy, tries to burst our breasts with full-voiced harmonies of all the passions, we live on and are captivated beholders of the spirits.” I do enjoy music from time to time, as you may very well know, but not right now. When ‘Ivanka’ puts up statements like: “Everything will be fine 100 years from now”, I must react. Every day is ‘Judgement Day’ in my view. I consider Arctic oil exploration rigs weapons of mass destruction. Please think about what would happen, if the Chinese – for some odd reason – decided to spray soot over Himalaya in order to get rid of the remaining glaciers before 2035. The Indians would be furious and fight back to avoid the drowning of millions of people in their low-lying valleys. In principle – Moscow and Washington DC have now joined forces and will attempt to spray oil over the remaining Arctic sea ice floes. Who cares, you might say: “ Sit down, have a glass of wine and listen to some music”. Not today Neven. Never!
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2016 on PIOMAS December 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven, I'll think about the Beethoven thing, and come back with an answer to you valid question tomorrow. Cheers P
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2016 on PIOMAS December 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Elisee Reclus – Ivanka, is that you? Not in order to confuse things any further, but your statement: "I find it difficult to accept that in a few generations, or lifetimes, the planet will become uninhabitable." is completely at odds with the sentiments here. Please go away, write up your lists of all concerned government officials, please do as they did in Australia: shut down one of the world´s leading research organizations, since the debate about climate change was apparently over, and then get back to your dad and tell him, that he is utterly wrong, when he appoints the Exxon chief in order to drill for more oil. The Indians won’t have it, and particularly not in the Russian Arctic.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2016 on PIOMAS December 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Bill, since the brain is just a big muscle, it could somehow benefit from a massage from time to time. I think I meant message above, but you got the point anyway. Cheers P
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2016 on Sabbatical (I hope) at Arctic Sea Ice
NeilT, That is a fine massage for a grandson, but when it comes down to your own son and the shit will hit the fan just around the corner, things may look differently. Part of the problem is that my son recentlly finished his education, but right now is beginning to realize that his education did not prepare him for neither the Trump-isolationism nor the Arctic sea ice vanishing at record speed.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2016 on Sabbatical (I hope) at Arctic Sea Ice
NeilT: "They will also be the next generation of CEO's and Directors." I am not so sure. Even though you and I - and maybe others - have lured ourselves into thinking that this will be the case, I have heard from reliable sources, that the recent US tragedy has led to depression amongst those well educated youngsters, whom you have such high hopes for. What do you do, when they do not know enough about sea ice, but know too much about previous world wars? If they see the patterns from WW I and WW II repeat themselves in front of their own eyes, what would your advice be under these circumstances?.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2016 on Sabbatical (I hope) at Arctic Sea Ice
Neil T: "I'm just going to sit back and watch now." Please don't. Now is the time to rise and shine, use your intellect to combat stupidity and fight for your ca(u)se. Being (almost) right in about 10 years time is not going to help anyone besides you. Every day counts from now on...
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2016 on PIOMAS November 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Hi John Happy to see you re-surface after three years of dormancy. It will be quite interesting to see the Trump advisors turn to building resilient infrastructures, sustainable transport solutions and healthy fastfood for the Trump supporters. Cheers P
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2016 on PIOMAS November 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Neven, quite lyrical, but still a splendid summary of what actually happened. Thanks!
Rob, Amazing what you and others have achieved through an open and friendly dialogue in this thread. To me it will be the "Dekker et al., 2016" series until further evidence appears.
Jim, You will have to follow the rules. Once you’re out you’re out. However, should the Scottish people decide otherwise to leave the UK and join the EU again, the road is open for all kinds of minority fractions to join, provided the EU will allow it. But remember, it goes both ways. If a minority like the Bretons, the Basques or FC Barcelona suddenly starts to exit also, you will probably face stiff head winds no matter how legitimate your demands for EU-membership are. On the contrary, after reading some of the “walk the talk” threads, I imagine it is better to be self-reliant in SW England than to be member of a dysfunctional community. I will promise to be an ambassador for whichever cause you may come up with, as long as it does not involve the media in your country. Once upon a time there was something rotten in the state of Denmark. Now your media outlets have decided to set the standards so low that even words are no longer adequate to describe the minimum.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2016 on ASI 2016 update 7: minimum time at Arctic Sea Ice
Jim, sorry mate After the Brexit, you are all on your own. In the old days, in a fog situation, the "continent was isolated". Now, you are left with your own media outlets - God Bless You - and the Yanks are flanking out with their own even poorer media outlets. I really couldn't care less.
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2016 on ASI 2016 update 7: minimum time at Arctic Sea Ice