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The rest / Seasons Greeting New Year 2019
« on: December 31, 2018, 01:35:11 PM »
Just a quick note to say Seasons Greetings & a Happy New Year and thanks to all at ASIF - especially the regular up-daters & commentators on the thawing/freezing/thawing global sea ice threads etc - and of course the keen-eyed observers that take the time to share their observations of the Nares, PIG and WAIS & other pinch points too...

I have done this as a separate thread to (hopefully) avoid clogging the others !

Arctic background / Barneo 2019
« on: December 05, 2018, 03:45:06 PM »
Preparations are underway for the Barneo ice expedition in spring 2019:

This - translated using google translate from their Facebook posting:

Friends, we haven’t told you anything about Barneo for a long time. Meanwhile, the preparation for the next season is in full swing. An inventory of equipment has passed, the sewing workshop eliminates minor defects. The airborne group began laying parachute systems, and the technical team began manufacturing platforms for the landing of fuel. In general, everything is as usual

Original and some workshop pictures at:

Science / Climate Re-analyser local weather information
« on: September 02, 2018, 10:51:39 AM »
Have been trying to access local weather data on Climate Re-analyser - and it seems to default each time to 0w 0n .....

Have tried entering several different locations, no response from email, no "news" about a problem being fixed

Anyone know whats up?

Arctic sea ice / NOAA 2017 report card
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:14:07 AM »

2017 NOAA report card is available:

2017 Headlines
Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades
Despite relatively cool summer temperatures, observations in 2017 continue to indicate that the Arctic environmental system has reached a 'new normal', characterized by long-term losses in the extent and thickness of the sea ice cover, the extent and duration of the winter snow cover and the mass of ice in the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic glaciers, and warming sea surface and permafrost temperatures.

The average surface air temperature for the year ending September 2017 is the 2nd warmest since 1900; however, cooler spring and summer temperatures contributed to a rebound in snow cover in the Eurasian Arctic, slower summer sea ice loss, and below-average melt extent for the Greenland ice sheet.

The sea ice cover continues to be relatively young and thin with older, thicker ice comprising only 21% of the ice cover in 2017 compared to 45% in 1985.

In August 2017, sea surface temperatures in the Barents and Chukchi seas were up to 4° C warmer than average, contributing to a delay in the autumn freeze-up in these regions.

Pronounced increases in ocean primary productivity, at the base of the marine food web, were observed in the Barents and Eurasian Arctic seas from 2003 to 2017.

Arctic tundra is experiencing increased greenness and record permafrost warming.

Pervasive changes in the environment are influencing resource management protocols, including those established for fisheries and wildfires.

The unprecedented rate and global reach of Arctic change disproportionally affect the people of northern communities, further pressing the need to prepare for and adapt to the new Arctic.

Science / Scientists march on Washington - Date tba
« on: January 27, 2017, 02:57:34 PM »
As it will no doubt be a significant event... I thought this would merit a thread on its own (rather than within the Presidential Poll).  No idea if it will become global.....

Current front page (27 Jan):

What is the Scientists' March on Washington

Welcome!  We want to thank you all for your incredible outpouring of support for this march.  We are working to schedule a March for Science on DC and across the United States.  We have not settled on a date yet but will do so as quickly as possible and announce it here.

Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics.  Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy.  This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science. 

There are certain things that we accept as facts with no alternatives.  The Earth is becoming warmer due to human action.  The diversity of life arose by evolution.  Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality and must be held accountable.  An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world.

Please bear with us as pull together our mission statement and further details.  Many more updates to come on Monday. 

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Antarctica / Halley base shut down and new crack in Brunt shelf
« on: January 16, 2017, 06:30:16 PM »

The British Antarctic Survey is to pull all staff out of its space-age Halley base in March for safety reasons.
The highly unusual move is necessary because the Brunt Ice Shelf on which the research station sits has developed a big new crack.

Lets hope it can get fixed !

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