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Early explorer logbooks reveal Antarctic sea ice has barely changed in 100 years

Submitted by: Odio @ 08:46 AM | Friday, November 25, 2016 | (url: http://www.scienc...)

Logbooks from the likes of Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton - key figures in the 'Heroic Age' of Antarctic exploration - have revealed that sea ice levels in Antarctica have barely changed over the past century, despite global temperatures hitting record highs year after year.

That finding might seem counterintuitive, especially given that sea ice in the Arctic has never been so depleted. But it might actually help us explain one of the biggest mysteries surrounding climate change: how Antarctica appears to be thriving - and sometimes even expanding - despite all odds.

"The missions of Scott and Shackleton are remembered in history as heroic failures, yet the data collected by these and other explorers could profoundly change the way we view the ebb and flow of Antarctic sea ice," says lead researcher Jonathan Day from the University of Reading in the UK.

Day and his team examined observations of sea ice recorded in the official logbooks from 11 voyages that took place between 1897 and 1917, including three missions led by Captain Scott, two by Shackleton, and sea-ice records from French, German, and Belgian explorers.

These logbooks include observations of many environmental and meteorological phenomena, recorded several times a day throughout each mission by the explorers and their crew.

Many of the logbooks had been recently digitised as part of the International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set initiative, but others were digitised especially for this study, and the information within was collated into a dataset of 191 observations of sea ice positions spanning two decades.

These observations were then compared to satellite data from 1989 to 2014, and other than the sea ice edge in the Weddell Sea declining by about 14 percent over the past century, the team found that ice conditions during the golden age of exploration were surprisingly similar to those in Antarctica today.

11-25-16 - 09:46 AM
What? Do you mean their continuously ever-changing predictions aren't hitting any of their marks?

Shit, I thought the science was settled. Where's Vanster or MadHat to tell us otherwise?
11-25-16 - 09:52 AM
The "climate change" happening now is the result of solar activity and really, has nothing to do with industrialization. Any attempt to claim otherwise is a ploy to tax White people and send that money to useless nigs and other muds who the elites, led by jews, will later use to race replace us.
11-25-16 - 09:52 AM
So we're not all gonna drown??
11-25-16 - 09:55 AM
Settled science is a triggering word for rational people, just like illegal immigrant is for irrational.
11-25-16 - 10:08 AM
did these logbooks show that the earth is flat too?

i'm sure the earth being round is yet another leftist agenda too right?
11-25-16 - 10:11 AM
The world WAS flat. Blame inflation
11-25-16 - 10:37 AM
This still confirms climate change idiots
Did you read it all

Hey where are most factories
Oh northern hemi
Hey when did industrialization start
Oh 1800
11-25-16 - 10:47 AM
nobody gon read all that
11-25-16 - 11:20 AM
How come global warming denial articles are always front page news?

Deniers should be sailed out to the rocks and left next to the polar bears. If the polar bears have enough food in their environment, they will not eat the deniers.
11-25-16 - 11:34 AM
I personally believe there is some sort of gravity anomaly or physical attribute to the poles of the planet that we are not told about
11-25-16 - 11:47 AM
How's the artic sea ice doing?

Not well.
11-25-16 - 11:50 AM
Originally posted by SecretSquirrel  
How come global warming denial

See, here's the issue: you're starting from a false premise. There's no such thing as "man made climate change", so you can't call people skeptical of it "deniers". It's like with the holohoax. It's a typical tactic the religious use of people who don't subscribe to their particular form of doomsday cult or pie in the sky.
11-25-16 - 11:52 AM
Gotta love the narrative the Warmmunists try to paint about "denial".

As if anyone who disagrees with this retarded wealth redistribution scheme is a blasphemer of 'settled scripture' and heretic of the Holy Church of Climate Change.


$ucker$. :lol:
11-25-16 - 12:24 PM
That awkward moment when your global warming scam gets in the way of actual scientists trying to learn shit and they have to ask the public for funding.


11-25-16 - 12:37 PM
That is a 3 hour podcast. Seriously?
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