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Myabe it is time to revisit the Maslowski prediction. 80% from 1979 volume is likely to be reached this year. This would vindicate is prediction.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2017 on PIOMAS April 2017 at Arctic Sea Ice
Speaking of feed back. This is an interesting paper on the formation of melt pool on sea ice:
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2017 on A new Arctic feedback (?) at Arctic Sea Ice
D, it is not very difficult to understand why : the ECMWF is the best model in the world. It has more resolution, more data assimilation and more physics than any model. European have the largest computer band in the world to run it. And, they have improved it recently.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2016 on ASI 2016 update 1: both sides at Arctic Sea Ice
@NickWhalenMP Wow a Canadian MP! Feel free to ask any question. This blog is almost a public service ;) P.S.: I you want to talk about voting reform, call me ;)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2016 on PIOMAS May 2016 at Arctic Sea Ice
Dr. Rösel should go either to croudfunding (Experiment like ) or croudsourcing (Zooniverse like). Her research project is well suites for this type of approach.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2016 on EGU2016, my impressions at Arctic Sea Ice
@AbbottisGone This is likely. Actually, arctic ice is the third historical problem studied:
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2016 on 2015/2016 Winter analysis at Arctic Sea Ice
AbbottisGone, if FDD as a maximum ice thickness has also a maximum. Of course compaction can change the picture.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2016 on 2015/2016 Winter analysis at Arctic Sea Ice
I would like to add some basic physics of phase change to the discussion. Freezing is a non-linear process. However, in one dimension, it can be described by the Stephan's law. This imply that the ice thickness would be proportionnal to the square root of the frezzing degree days. This is probably why we have not seen any correlation between winter temperature and summer ice cover.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2016 on 2015/2016 Winter analysis at Arctic Sea Ice
Andrew Slater projection have just collapsed in the last few days.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2015 on Melt Pond May 2015 at Arctic Sea Ice
There is a very nice discussion on Tamino blog about the seasonal variation in heating today following Kosaka & Xie (2013). Take home message : Recent "pause" is global warming is essentially a winter event, while summer temperature is still increasing. This as interesting consequence for Arctic ice that might thicken in winter while melting more in summer.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2013 on IPCC crisis meeting at Arctic Sea Ice
Yuha, your calculation is wrong. Ulike CO2, methane is only semi saturated. The forcing does not follow a logarithm, but some polynomial. Hence, the impact is larger than your calculation.
Hot from the press: The latest prediction frm NOAA.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2013 on PIOMAS April 2013 - extra update at Arctic Sea Ice
I am a scientist and I am very familiar with the political process. Your are perfectly right about the way risk should be managed. Very basic classical risk management technique would have tells you 20 years ago to take action to reduce greenhouse gases. Also, the same basic management tools would have tell you that that the best strategy would be to plan something closer to the worst case than the middle case. However, apart of been risk adverse humans have very much trouble to NOT discount the future. Many people dot care what will happen in a 20 years time frame, even less in an 100 years one. And many more, are wondering how they will close to month. We are just psychologically blind to that type of risks. Politics only reflect that. The secret hope of many people like me who work in energy is that we will exhaust the fossils fuel before it is too late. Otherwise, I don't we could manage this issue.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2012 on The real AR5 bombshell at Arctic Sea Ice
Well, as a scientist, you don't want to overestimate. If you overestimate,the accusation of exaggerating will follow immediately and your message will be lost. From a political point of view, conservatism is the safest path.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2012 on The real AR5 bombshell at Arctic Sea Ice
Crandles, a spagetti plot made from this year trajectory combined with all the previous decay trajectory would be visulay interesting.
James, this is scary. In the arctic, deep water is warmer than surface one. If it manage to go past the grounding line, we may see the whole glacier retreats at flank speed.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice
Steve, your point about albedo is a common assumption but it is wrong unless you deal with a greybody. If you a difference between spectral bands the result will different. I can tells you the story of a company that was selling very good blackbody in thermal IR, but nobody wanted to buy them because they were green at visible wavelength. If I remember correctly, snow is pitch black from NIR to end of the spectrum due to the strong absorption band of the water and texture of the snow that behaves like a photon trap. On the positive point. If enough dirt accumulate over snow the whole process will slow down as the dirt will act as an insulation layer, lime we see in spring on highways sides in Canada.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2012 on The dark side of Greenland at Arctic Sea Ice
A complement of information hot from the press:
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2012 on Ocean heat flux at Arctic Sea Ice
@Jon Torrance Their method is effectively very unstable now. If you check their graph, the slope is dominated by one data point: 2007. From what I have seen, this mostly the case all the time. Anyway, from their own data their predictor is essentially worthless before June.
Naive is not the right adjective. Least square fitting are the most effective way to extract information from data (assuming a Gaussian distribution). Hence, your model is very sound. In theory, you could push thing further by examining the relationship between residual observed in September and residual observed sooner in the year. I think that at least one group is using a similar technique (Bremen?)
Karl, CO2 is a greenhouse gas and is bound to increase temperature. This not a theory, not a paradigm, this is a fact. Anybody who have seen a IR spectra of the atmosphere known it first hand. Only the magnitude of the effect can be argued. And, yes the Sun effect has been checked. Indeed, it has been examined for 200 years. Climate science is born form this study. And, yes, the effect exist but it is small.
Speaking of arctic ice. Tamino has just done a new blog post: There is plot of the annual cycle amplitude, that just explode after 2005. Clearly arctic ice has change of dynamical regime. IMHO it would be wise to trough away any data before 2006.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2012 on ASI 2012 update 1: a new beginning at Arctic Sea Ice
Actually, the real value of Cryosat-2 will comes from the added data in the assimilation model like PIOMAS. PIOMAS does not have much measurement to constrain its physical model. Cryosat-2 will improve this aspect very much.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2012 on Live blog: CryoSat results at Arctic Sea Ice
@Rob Dekker Your analysis is wrong. You can measure distance with a precision higher than the wavelength with enough SNR. Jason altimeter only work at 5.3 and 13.6 GHz but still manage to get mm precision. In addition, GPS transmit at 1.023 MHz, 1227.60 MHz and 1575.42 MHz but can still manage mm precision with enough integration.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2012 on Live blog: CryoSat results at Arctic Sea Ice
Speeking of PIOMAS, there is this nice post about it on Realclimate:
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on PIOMAS April 2012 at Arctic Sea Ice