Leading Expert Lacks A Basic Understanding Of His Profession
Source: Real Science
SALT LAKE CITY — Recent dramatic changes in the Arctic will have a significant effect on our weather in Utah. That’s the conclusion of a top scientist studying Arctic sea ice.
Arctic sea ice is disappearing in summer much faster than scientists expected. That’s not just evidence of climate change; the ice itself is changing the climate, and it may be affecting weather as far away as Utah.
Scientists predicted summer sea ice would shrink, but they underestimated the trend. Now in late summer, much of the Arctic Ocean is open water; summer ice covers about half what it did 30 years ago.
On a recent visit to Utah, Professor Hajo Eicken, one of the leading experts in the study of Arctic ice melt, explained some of the findings of his research.
Professor Hajo Eicken is one of the leading experts. On a speaking visit to Utah, he said recent losses are especially dramatic.
“We had a big drop in 2007, and since we’ve seen that decline continue,” Eicken said.
Less publicized is that it could affect us all. The disappearing ice itself is accelerating global warming.
“Ice and snow reflect up to 90 percent of the sunlight,” Eicken said. “The ocean without any ice absorbs about 90 percent of the sunlight.”
This guy is truly a leading, leading expert.
- Strike one : No one measuring ice extent or area shows a decline since 2007.
- Strike two : Summer ice (June, July) is 80-90% of what it was 30 years ago, not half.
- Strike three : Even at the minimum summer ice is two thirds of what it was 30 years ago, not half
- Strike four : 30 years ago ice was at its maximum for the century due to the ice age scare. Walt Meier at NSIDC has specifically warned not to use 1981 as typical.
- Strike five : During September when the minimum occurs, the Arctic receives almost no sunlight.
- Strike six : Utah has been receiving record snowfall in recent years, and winter temperatures have been plummeting