Tuesday 17 April 2012

That mid month miscellanea post again...

Firstly here are two excellent videos from Greenman AKA Peter Sinclair of Climate Crocks. Part 1 and Part 2. As usual I give links to videos as I've still not figured out how to make the Blogger player window large enough for details. The videos are about the recent weird weather and links to the Arctic, there are interviews with a stack of scientists, and clips from the recent Horizon programme on Global Weirding. Total time is only 20 minutes, they really are a must see. As an aside, it's interesting that the clips from news and TV are from the BBC, yet most of the scientists and meteorologists interviewed are American. I suspect the media in the US aren't serving their audience a diet of reality.

Over at RealClimate there's a post by Axel Schweiger, Ron Lindsay, and Cecilia Bitz on the use of extrapolations of PIOMAS volume, here. The basic message - such extrapolations aren't of much use. I'm of a similar view, I think the comment that sums up my view on extrapolation is "You might as well draw the Arctic’s horoscope."

Tuesday 10 April 2012

CO2's role in the end of the Last Glacial

A recent paper by Shakun et al may throw new light upon the role of CO2 in the past glacial and interglacial periods. What does it mean, and does it change the situation we face with regards the current era of anthropogenic global warming, driven in large part by human emissions of CO2?

Friday 6 April 2012


PIOMAS March volume data is now out, as anticipated the daily anomalies show nothing special with volume tracking close to last year. The following graph is of daily volume anomalies, I've calculated the average for each day from 1980 to 1999, the value plotted on the graph is the difference from the average. Click on the graph to see the years, the general trend is down, with 2010 and 2011 showing the greatest drops, 2012 so far being the incomplete purple line.

The first indications of whether we'll see another anomalous volume drop this Spring will come early May when the PIOMAS volume data is out for April. Will see see another drop? If we do, what will that mean?
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action.
The anticipation is killing me...

Sunday 1 April 2012

Musings on Models

In 2006, a year before the massive Arctic Crash of 2007, Marika Holland, Cecilia Bitz, and Bruno Tremblay presented a paper entitled "Future abrupt reductions in the summer Arctic sea ice" to Geophysical Research Letters, it was published later the same year. In that paper (Holland et al) an examination of rapid sea-ice loss periods in models used for the IPCC's Fourth Assesment Report was carried out. Holland et al fnd that a general message from the suite of simulations is that the harder humans force the climate, the faster the sea-ice goes, an observation that for readers of this blog may seem trite.

More interesting, especially in the light of the aftermath of 2007 and the clear failure of IPCC models to reproduce the observed rate of ice loss in the Arctic, is whether the models still tell us something of value about the changes we are seeing in the Arctic.