German Researchers Create More Sinking Heat

German researchers have found evidence that areas in Antarctica, previously thought relatively safe from the direct influence of climate change, are melting rapidly.

An Antarctic area previously thought stable is at risk of melting rapidly within the next century, new research suggests.
In a study published earlier this month, a team from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany says the now-intact Filchner-Ronne ice shelf in the peripheral Weddell Sea could disintegrate, pushing parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet into retreat.

The German researchers found that rising temperatures could thin the ice on the Weddell Sea, sending warm ocean currents under the frozen Filcher-Ronne ice shelf and accelerate melting.

New threat to Antarctic ice shelf emerges 

It is well known in the climate science world that warm water sinks, and then suddenly rises when it finds an ice shelf to melt. The same reason why people ride cold air balloons in the winter – when ambient temperatures are very hot.

The increase in sea ice around Antarctica is a sure sign that the oceans are heating up fast.

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Antarctica is looking a bit chilly this week at -108 degrees, but the big meltdown will likely start next week.

Weather Forecast Vostok, Antarctica | Vostok Weather | Wunderground

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6 Responses to German Researchers Create More Sinking Heat

  1. Lou says:

    Alfred Wegener? Oh the irony…

  2. dmmcmah says:

    According to the cosmic ray theory increasing ice and cooler temperatures are expected when the globe is warming overall. This would be due to the higher reflectivity of the large ice sheets compared to clouds. So less cloud cover, while it warms the Pacific ocean, means more solar energy reflected back into space (see the book Chilling Stars by Svensmark). Anyway the point is if a warming trend actually did develop in Antarctica it could mean we are entering a major cooling trend, if the cosmic ray theory is valid.

  3. Eric Simpson says:

    Tuesday’s forecast for Vostok, at your link, is for -108°F. That’s just a forecast, so we’ll see what we get.

  4. lanceap says:

    a few nukes should warm things up there, how many have gone off today according to Hansen?

  5. Billy Liar says:

    I may be going mad but isn’t -80°C = -112°F? and -78°C = -108.4°F

    Wunderground should stick to °F to avoid embarrassing themselves.

  6. DirkH says:

    Wegener must be rotating in his grave.

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