Arctic Ocean Anomalies

‘Atlantification’ of Arctic sea tipping it towards new climate regime https://www.carbonbrief.org/atlantification-arctic-sea-tipping-towards-new-climate-regime Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-01-06/scientists-are-keeping-close-eye-beaufort-gyre In a Spin: New Insights into the Beaufort Gyre https://eos.org/editors-vox/in-a-spin-new-insights-into-the-beaufort-gyre SUPPLEMENTAL North Atlantic Ocean Sea Surface Salinity Anomaly Maps North Atlantic Ocean Sea Surface Height Anomaly Maps North Atlantic Ocean Sea Surface Temperature…

New Mechanism for Methane Hydrate Dissociation Discovered

Methane hydrates are ice like structures forming a solid similar to ice. Significant amounts have been located under sediments on the ocean floors of the Earth. Generally, methane hydrates are more stable in fresh water than in salt water. A region allowing the formation for methane hydrates (largely dependent on depth and pressure) is called…

Arctic Atmospheric Circulation, Freshwater and Sea Surface Height

NASA 2012: The transpolar drift (purple arrows) is a dominant circulation feature in the Arctic Ocean that carries freshwater runoff (red arrows) from rivers in Russia across the North Pole and south towards Greenland. Under changing atmospheric conditions, emergent circulation patterns (blue arrows) drive freshwater runoff east towards Canada, resulting in freshening of Arctic water…

Rivers of the Sea: Global Ocean Survey Studies #GEOSECS (1975)

Film about GEOSECS, the Geochemical Ocean Sections Study, a global survey of the three-dimensional distribution of chemical, isotopic and radiochemical tracers in the ocean. George Veronis of Yale University speaks about models for ocean layers and circulation in the world ocean, and data gathering by R.V. Melville (SIO) and R.V. Knorr (WHOI). Extensive footage onboard…

Potential abrupt cataclysmic change and the Atlantic

A slowdown or even collapse of the Gulf Stream System as a result of global warming has long been a concern of climate scientists and has fuelled the imagination of Hollywood. Recent studies provide evidence for a AMOC slowdown. Release via Earth101 (Follow and subscribe to their channel too) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmiVhT5cHpw Related German article http://scilogs.spektrum.de/klimalounge/qa-zum-golfstromsystem-und-dem-cold-blob-im-atlantik/ Related…

Ocean Warming Is ‘Greatest Hidden Challenge of Our Generation’ #3DEdition

A new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report, Explaining ocean warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences, sets out the most recent and comprehensive review to date on this topic and shows a complex story of change in the ocean. By the International Union for Conservation of Nature http://www.ecowatch.com/ocean-warming-climate-change-1998229846.html Report “Explaining ocean warming: causes,…

A potential future world scenario, driven by rapid regional changes

As someone who follows the climate topic for several years, I’ve to conclude that we are still far away from taking climate change seriously. Around 10 years ago there were rather minor groups of concerned scientists and bloggers, while the media was giving “a balanced view” to the so called deniersphere. This went on for…

Why 2°C Global Warming is Highly Dangerous

Recently, James Hansen the former director of NASA GISS published new study findings about future sea level rise, ice melt, and temperature changes, as well as the possible implications for future climate. Above video highlights a part of a talk Hansen held on December 1, 2015 at the Paris climate change conference (COP21). The take…