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Midwest USA
Background in Molecular Genetics
Interests: Bike Riding, Fishing, Science
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To state the obvious, this study reaffirms why the Artic is in many ways ground zero in the effort to understand how green house gases will alter our climate systems in the near and long term. If ice retreat continues where 2012 left off I think the next decade will see worsening and unexpected weather patterns in a stepwise transition to a new climate.
Colorado Bob, Thanks for all the links you post on climate sites, I really appreciate them. NASA and NOAA both show warmest November on record. NOAA's data comes from there "state of climate" page, not yet on main page. Can anyone explain why they show higher anomalies than RSS or UAH ?
Idunno, That paper is going to be generating a lot of attention in the next 48 hours, I''m still in shock right now.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2013 on PIOMAS October 2013, take two at Arctic Sea Ice
I have been reading this blog since spring 2011, couldn't rate this site high enough. Commenting here for the 3rd time I believe. I have a question. There has been much discussion about heat loss as an important negative feedback as ice area shrinks (assuming the process is most significant in the late fall and early winter). How significant is this feedback compared to the positive feedback of less albedo due to loss of area or condition of the ice (cracked ect.) To answer my question in a way anyone could understand please use this example: Normal ice area (1920's for example) during spring and summer melt days = 0 units of energy gained as an anomaly Essentially ice free area (lets say 2018) during July-Oct = 100 units of energy gained as an anomaly (due to loss of albedo) From that hypothetical 100 units of energy/heat gained per year from an ice free Artic, how much would you subtract due to the negative feedback of increased heat loss? I know this would change as the oceans warm and the difference between water and air temperature changes through the end of the century.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2013 on PIOMAS April 2013 at Arctic Sea Ice
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