Measuring the Ice: ESA

There’s been a lot of controversy over ice extent and thickness, and most of the controversy has been generated from the traditional denialist camps and outlets and they are bent on distorting and devaluing what is reported. With the new NASA measures underway, and new ESA satellite measurements outlined below the evidence will become incontrovertible.

Please also take note of this video from Peter Sinclair outlining some of the ploys used to attack the data.

Measuring Extent and Depth of Sea Ice 2010

Nasa’s program to measure glacier and sea ice extent and depth returns much better data than just satellite measurements.

The Weather Report on Pluto

Nitrogen ice anyone?

Time Lapse of Glacier Collapses

Time Lapse of Glacier Collapses

The extreme ice survey is recording the collapse and retreats of glaciers over time; these photos and the presentation are amazing and really bring home the retreats. I do not doubt that ice is in retreat; I grew up in Alaska and I have seen it in my lifetime and my own photos. This isn’t something that scientists anywhere argue about: Ice has been in retreat across the world for decades.

I used to argue about the cause, extremity, and urgency of it – I always placed energy and food security for 9 billion people ahead of that in the things to worry about queue, and still do. Global warming however is now higher in urgency after looking at data and studies the past two years. Whereas you can posit other possible causes for some of the alarmism as I have in the past, and you can criticize the models, you can’t argue that global warming is not occurring, and you can’t say that we don’t have some impact on it without being wholly unreasonable.

Sun Through Icy Trees

sun-through-icy-tree

Sun Through Icy Trees

I took this the other morning when the snow was heavy on the ice-sheathed oak, here you see the sun peeking through. As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger size and detail.

Frozen Redbuds

Frozen Redbuds

frozen-redbudsIt started as rain, changed to sleet, then ice, then sleet again, and now it’s snowing in Kansas.

snowy-redbudsNow at home, a bit later the redbuds are all coated in snow.

Iced Rig and a Frozen Smoker

Iced Rig and a Frozen Smoker

Wildbeggar got caught by the icestorm yesterday, he sent me these pics.