Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Paul Beckwith on the demise of Arctic sea ice

The latest from Paul Beckwith who has been very prolific
Demise of Arctic Sea-Ice


There is very little Arctic sea-ice left this year. The trend is a rapid decline to essentially nothing (- 1 million square km); the "blue-ocean event" as I call it (should have trademarked this).

If the ongoing massive cyclones continue to shred the ice over the next 4 or 5 weeks of this summers melt season than "nothing left" could be this year; otherwise before 2020 is an excellent wager.

The devil is in the details; I teach you how to find the details (images) that you need to do your own assessment.

Part 1

Part 2

Can Greenland Ice Caps Collapse?

Is it possible that vast portions of Greenland's ice cap could calve/slide off the continent, causing spikes in global sea level rise? As we lose Arctic sea-ice and snow cover and get much warmer northern temperatures, how much would this destabilize Greenland ice?

I look at ice melt evidence/behaviour from 21,000 years ago to the onset of the Holocene to try and assess present day risks from Greenland, using slides from my friend Veli Albert Kallio.

Part 1

Part 2

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