Tagged: arctic

Marvellous distempered: the Copenhagen diagnosis - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 25, 2009

The Copenhagen climate conference (COP15) opens its doors in a little under two weeks. To update participants on the science of climate a new assessment report, The Copenhagen Diagnosis, was released yesterday, and it makes grim reading. Designed to inform “a target readership of policy-makers, stakeholders, the media and the broader public” about the evidence [...] … Read More

A beginner’s guide to the importance of Arctic sea ice - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 07, 2009

This video was embedded using the YouTuber plugin by Roy Tanck. Adobe Flash Player is required to view the video. In this beginner’s guide Tom Wagner, NASA’s cryosphere programme manager, outlines why studying Arctic sea ice is important, illustrating his talk with some great graphics. Meanwhile, the NSIDC has announced the final figures for September’s sea [...] … Read More

Arctic takes a Turney for the worse - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 25, 2009

British geologist Chris Turney is just back from fieldwork in Svalbard, the island archipelago situated halfway between Norway and the North Pole. He has written about it in his popular science blog, under the title A Warning From the North. I’ll draw attention to some of his main points here, but first a reminder [...] … Read More

Third - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 18, 2009

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre announced today that this year’s Arctic sea ice minimum extent was likely to have been reached on September 12. It’s the third lowest minimum in the record, behind 2007 and 2008. The image at left shows this year in white, compared with 2007 in darker colours. From the [...] … Read More

Titanic days - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 11, 2009

Awesome (defined as extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear) time-lapse pictures of the calving face of the great glacier at Ilulisat, Greenland pouring ice into the ocean — the single biggest ice discharge of any northern hemisphere glacier. Greenlanders reckon this is where the iceberg that sank the Titanic originated. The [...] … Read More