New Study Predicts Collapse Of The Arctic

They used a novel idea – climate models. I wonder why no one thought of that before. Can they get their grant money now?

In an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of the scientific journal Climate Dynamics, the research team analyzed 16 global climate models from 1950 to 2099 and combined it with more than 100 years of observational data to evaluate what climate change might mean to the Arctic’s sensitive ecosystems by the dawn of the 22nd century.
The study is one of the first to apply a specific climate classification system to a comprehensive examination of climate changes throughout the Arctic by using both observations and a collection of projected future climate changes, said Song Feng, research assistant professor in UNL’s School of Natural Resources and the study’s lead author.
Based on the climate projections, the new study shows that the areas of the Arctic now dominated by polar and sub-polar climate types will decline and will be replaced by more temperate climates — changes that could affect a quarter to nearly half of the Arctic, depending on future greenhouse gas emission scenarios, by 2099.
Changes to Arctic vegetation will naturally follow shifts in the region’s climates: Tundra coverage would shrink by 33 to 44 percent by the end of the century, while temperate climate types that support coniferous forests and needle-leaf trees would push northward into the breach, the study shows.
“The expansion of forest may amplify global warming, because the newly forested areas can reduce the surface reflectivity, thereby further warming the Arctic,” Feng said. “The shrinkage of tundra and expansion of forest may also impact the habitat for wildlife and local residents.”
Also according to the study:
* By the end of the century, the annual average surface temperature in Arctic regions is projected to increase by 5.6 to 9.5 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the greenhouse gas emission scenarios.

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-03-climate-impact-arctic-regions.html

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8 Responses to New Study Predicts Collapse Of The Arctic

  1. etudiant says:

    Mark Twain said:
    That is the wonderful thing about science, you get such a wholesale return in conjecture on such a trifling investment of fact.
    Still true.

  2. Ralph says:

    Scientist are becoming an embarrassment to the word science.

  3. Mike Davis says:

    110 degrees above Friggen Cold is still Friggen Cold!
    If the habitan for humans, animals, and plants is affected by warimg it would result in an increase area that is more habitable and the trees might be able to return to locations they existed before.
    I was wondering where the Arctic is going to collapse to? Maybe the UK or even the Pacific North West of the US and Canada! Personally I think it will remain where it is and the collapse will be due to additional cooling because this report is based on Wild Ass Guesses using a Nintendo Game Boy!

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Spencer & Braswell 2010 looked at 18 models used by the IPCC. All 18 failed by wide margins (>50%) to correctly model sensitivity compared with real measured sensitivity.

    Memo to climate scientists. The idea behind modelling is to model what the real world does, not model what you want to believe.

  5. Andy Weiss says:

    It’s nice to see predictions for a time when none of us will be around.

    Maybe put that nonsense in a time capsule so our great grandkids can have a good laugh

  6. drewski says:

    Please name me ONE industry or branch of science that does not use models.

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