Turns out there hasn’t been any polar amplification after all.
Working on a year-long research project in a polar station in the Antarctica, Franzisca Nehring, feels global warming hasn’t really affected the ice Surrounded by snow and ice for 14 months, seals and penguins for company and an indomitable spirit to survive against all odds, German Air Chemist, Dr. Franziska Nehring, who was part of a research team at a polar station in the Antarctica, came back with valuable data, incredible images and, more importantly, as a better individual. Dr. Franziska, who hails from a small town in north eastern Germany, lived and worked at the air chemistry laboratory of the polar station of the German Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research Neumayer II, under extreme cold conditions between one summer and the next, without once developing cold feet. On her brief visit to Muscat, she discloses that temperatures in Antarctica have not really increased significantly enough to cause the ice to start melting. The published readings by some scientists could be wrongly recorded decades ago when technology wasn’t as advanced as it now is, so there may not actually be any increase in temperatures so as to cause global concern, she concludes in a discussion with the author a fornight ago in Muscat where she shared her experiences at Antarctica. Excerpts from a chat with the author:
Let’s begin with a key concern: What is your opinion about the Antarctic ice melting due to global warming and the threat it would pose in coming years.
I would the say the situation is not as critical as it is made out. But, at some places in the Antarctica, we do find the ice breaking away and falling but its only in isolated spots. At the German base, we don’t really see any rise in temperature, in fact, it might be the other way round. So at this base we don’t see any global warming effect at all. But, this is a big discussion because you never know how accurate the measurements taken much earlier were because technology was not as advanced as it is now. It’s too easy to say that Antarctica is warmed by 1-2 degrees but, I’d infer, that is not really true.”
h/t to Marc Morano