Jason Box explains the unprecedented Winter 2014

ClimateCrocks: Dr. Jason Box, Chief Scientist of the Dark Snow Project, and […]

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March 8, 2014

ClimateCrocks: Dr. Jason Box, Chief Scientist of the Dark Snow Project, and a researcher formerly of the Byrd Polar Center at Ohio State, now with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – has spent the last week in Svalbard, a group of Islands high in the arctic, controlled by Norway.
I asked him to chat by skype and update us on the intense winter of 2013 and 14, the “cold continents warm arctic” paradox, and the ‘ridiculously resilient ridge” that continues to deliver punishment on both sides of the Atlantic.

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7 Comments

  1. OccamsRzzr March 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    So we are all screwed.

  2. Tom Mallard March 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Then, add in the growing methane problem from the melt ponds that grow to lakes on land added to the clathrates undersea deposits, there’s 2-,000-3,000 Gigatons of methane that can be released rather quickly with only 5-Gt in today’s atmosphere, so, doubling that won’t take much if thawing continues at an increasing rate. I’m sure you know that methane can greenhouse the planet on its own, for others, that’s the deal, what we do with CO2 won’t matter if the methane goes too far.

    The only way to stop the emissions is refreeze it all, that will take an attempt by all concerned to zero greenhouse gases into the atmosphere the goal, and do it so fast it creates a cooling shock to the upper atmosphere to counter the excess heat being retained, this would cool the jetstreams, they’d have more power and temps for a number of winters may go low enough to get the Arctic Ocean to cool to -2C somehow, or enough lower to freeze the growing venting through the bottom sediments so they won’t grow any more, and figure we only have one try to make it work.

    Not counting on it.

  3. Brad Neustaedter March 9, 2014 at 5:29 am - Reply

    If this pattern doesn’t break before summer, I suspect 2014 is going to be
    highly momentous. I was going to say “one for the record books” but pretty
    much every year of the 2000s has been that. I’m thinking more like things
    happening that people thought couldn’t happen for maybe 50 or 100 more
    years.

  4. Astrostevo March 9, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    From what I gather 2014 will like the first El Nino year in quite a few
    years too (as noted in a recent issue of New Scientist magazine)- not sure
    how this effects the Arctic but certainly means a potentially awful drought
    and heatwave situation for us in Australia and probably global heat records
    tumbling.

    (I know the ENSO cycle does effect the whole globe.)

  5. Inger Groven April 5, 2014 at 12:58 am - Reply
  6. Inger Groven April 5, 2014 at 12:58 am - Reply
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