Scientist Explains Climate Ice Core Proxies (2017)

This talk by Lonnie G. Thompson, focuses on glaciers as recorders and early indicators of climate change. The ongoing widespread melting of high-elevation glaciers and ice caps, particularly in low to middle latitudes, provides strong evidence that a large scale, pervasive and in some cases, rapid change in Earth’s climate system is underway. On Thursday…

The Nansen Ice Shelf

NASA scientists and ice sheet modelers, Ryan Walker and Christine Dow, traveled to a remote location on the coast of Antarctica to investigate how tides affect the movement and stability of the Nansen Ice Shelf, a 695-mile extension of ice protruding into Antarctica’s Ross Sea. Relatively understudied, Nansen’s manageable size lends itself to becoming a…

Antarctic Volcanoes Waking up?

Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Beneath Antarctica’s Ice http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/08/14/volcanoes-under-antarctica A new volcanic province: an inventory of subglacial volcanoes in West Antarctica http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/rbingha2/48_2017_Vries.pdf Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/scientists-discover-91-volcanos-antarctica How a melting ice…

NASA Laser Reveals Miles of Greenland Ice Loss

What if you could measure a glacier in such detail that you could visualize its surface in 3D? And what if you could compare that view with data from one, two, even 20 years ago? NASA airborne campaigns like Operation IceBridge have been measuring Greenland and Antarctica’s glaciers and ice sheets with a range of…

Little Algae creates Huge Melt Feedback on Greenland Ice

Algae responsible for large albedo feedback on Greenland’s frozen surface, not only soot and dust. We believe gathering measurements from the surface of Greenland ice is fundamental to advancing our understanding of the melting Arctic. http://darksnowproject.org Video via https://www.youtube.com/user/greenman3610 Dark Snow 2017 Update “Am I really seeing that?” is a common sensation here, as below,…

China Extracts Ocean Methane Hydrates

China claims breakthrough in mining ‘flammable ice’ (2017) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39971667 Methane hydrate: Dirty fuel or energy saviour? (2014) http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27021610 China extracts 235,000 cubic meters of combustible ice from #SouthChinaSea, beating previous expectations for the mining operation https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/877834019701891074 Methane clathrates (hydrates) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_clathrate Music by Stephen Lu http://chibola.com

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…

Vanishing Arctic Ice and Amplification

While heat waves and more intense storms have been directly linked to a warming Earth, new research is exploring possible impacts of an Arctic that is warming at twice the pace of the rise in global temperatures. Jennifer Francis, Rutgers University, discusses new research and efforts to understand this controversial aspect of climate change in…

Atmospheric Oxygen Decline threatens Humanity’s Existence

Study: There has been a clear decline in the volume of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere over the past 20 years. A recently proposed model predicts a non-linear decay, which would result in an increasingly rapid fall-off in atmospheric oxygen concentration, with potentially devastating consequences for human health. We predict that humans may continue to survive…