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Antarctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance (yep, it's growing)
co2science.org ^ | 8 November 2006 | Wingham, D.J., Shepherd, A., Muir, A. and Marshall, G.J.

Posted on 11/19/2006 3:51:00 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s

Mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet.

Wingham, D.J., Shepherd, A., Muir, A. and Marshall, G.J.

What was done The authors "analyzed 1.2 x 108 European remote sensing satellite altimeter echoes to determine the changes in volume of the Antarctic ice sheet from 1992 to 2003." This survey, in their words, "covers 85% of the East Antarctic ice sheet and 51% of the West Antarctic ice sheet," which together comprise "72% of the grounded ice sheet.""

What was learned Wingham et al. report that "overall, the data, corrected for isostatic rebound, show the ice sheet growing at 5 ± 1 mm year-1." To calculate the ice sheet's change in mass, however, "requires knowledge of the density at which the volume changes have occurred," and when the researchers' best estimates of regional differences in this parameter are used, they find that "72% of the Antarctic ice sheet is gaining 27 ± 29 Gt year-1, a sink of ocean mass sufficient to lower [authors' italics] global sea levels by 0.08 mm year-1." This net extraction of water from the global ocean, according to Wingham et al., occurs because "mass gains from accumulating snow, particularly on the Antarctic Peninsula and within East Antarctica, exceed the ice dynamic mass loss from West Antarctica."

What it means Contrary to all the horror stories one hears about global warming-induced mass wastage of the Antarctic ice sheet leading to rising sea levels that gobble up coastal lowlands worldwide, the most recent decade of pertinent real-world data suggest that forces leading to just the opposite effect are apparently prevailing, even in the face of what climate alarmists typically describe as the greatest warming of the world in the past two millennia or more.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalwarming
Don't confuse the left with the facts.
1 posted on 11/19/2006 3:51:02 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Global warming causes cooling they say, a twisted theory where the only way they can be wrong is if the climate stays exactly the same. Something which can never happen. It's disturbing that so many believe the 'global catastrophe' is based on fact.
2 posted on 11/19/2006 3:55:47 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Algore put some ice on it.


3 posted on 11/19/2006 3:57:44 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Now they just need to figure out why growing ice sheets will cause the end of life as we know it. Any change cam be made scary.


4 posted on 11/19/2006 4:00:56 PM PST by Always Right
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To: ChildOfThe60s

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 11/19/2006 4:01:16 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Trent Lott. What more can I say?)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

You wrote: Don't confuse the left with the facts.

Ain't THAT the truth..... (roll eyes)


6 posted on 11/19/2006 4:01:34 PM PST by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: ChildOfThe60s

I have long been concerned with global cooling ....we need to study it and do all we can to stop it


7 posted on 11/19/2006 4:03:16 PM PST by woofie (creativity is destructive)
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To: woofie

So does this mean we will forced to drive even bigger SUV's?


8 posted on 11/19/2006 4:05:29 PM PST by Kimmers (Please God; bless America)
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To: boomop1

9 posted on 11/19/2006 4:06:31 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Since the antarctic ice sheet is growing, that is, its leading edges are moving farther north into warmer waters, then that could explain why there are large pieces of it breaking off. As for the ozone hole, that's explained by the smoking volcano down there. (The enviro-socialists have never explained why we don't have an ARCTIC ozone hole.)

Here's some data to back up this article: NEW FINDINGS SHOW ANTARCTIC COOLING AND ICE CAP EXPANSION

Here's a good index of articles: Dr Dewpoint Category Listing - Global Warming

10 posted on 11/19/2006 4:17:19 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("A litany of complaints is not a plan." - GW Bush, referring to DNC's lack of a platform on ANYTHING)
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To: george76

Billy Bubba spends hundreds on a haircut, but Treebeard won't even spring for Costcutters!

11 posted on 11/19/2006 4:21:42 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Trent Lott. What more can I say?)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

It's OBVIOUSLY the result of Global Warming. Don't you people know anything? < s>


12 posted on 11/19/2006 4:31:57 PM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: SIDENET

Its been a scientifically proven FACT that the Antartic ice sheet CONTRACTS during years of Republican control of congress, and EXPANDS during years of 'Rat control of congress.


13 posted on 11/19/2006 4:35:21 PM PST by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

WE'RE DOOMED!


14 posted on 11/19/2006 4:35:48 PM PST by RockinRight (The loss is temporary, hopefully we learn from our mistakes.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

But--but Arnie says California is onboard with the Kyoto treaty. And--and the Dems in congress say they're going to pass all kinds of new regulations to help stop global warming. They can't be wrong can they?


15 posted on 11/19/2006 4:39:18 PM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

If the Antarctic ice cap is growing then the danger that Einstein was worried about is looming.


16 posted on 11/19/2006 4:40:38 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: KevinDavis

Bump.


17 posted on 11/19/2006 4:42:35 PM PST by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: RockinRight

The ice age is comeing.


18 posted on 11/19/2006 4:42:40 PM PST by jocko12
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

(The enviro-socialists have never explained why we don't have an ARCTIC ozone hole.)

They're saving that for when their current bs quits convincing their sheep.


19 posted on 11/19/2006 4:49:40 PM PST by dalereed
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To: george76

Good lord,
I didn't realize that he'd gotten that fat.
Someone paint Goodyear on the side of him quick.


20 posted on 11/19/2006 4:52:07 PM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: george76

Oh man. That's funny.


21 posted on 11/19/2006 4:54:35 PM PST by rsobin
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To: ChildOfThe60s

WE ARE DOOOOOMEED... no wait..


22 posted on 11/19/2006 5:09:12 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: ChildOfThe60s
There are apparently some places where glaciers are receding and it appears lots of things are melting. OTOH, here we have ice mass growing.

Could it be that...Earth is in a balance? Warmer in some places and colder in others? In a natural cycle? Hey, there's a catchy book title in there somewhere.

23 posted on 11/19/2006 5:47:24 PM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: george76

Good grief, doesn't he know about white loafers after Labor Day?!


24 posted on 11/19/2006 5:52:51 PM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuffaloJack
But wait, there is more !


25 posted on 11/19/2006 6:08:16 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: woofie

Does this mean the "Neocon Slaughter of the Baby Seal Week" will last longer?

I'm psyched.


26 posted on 11/19/2006 6:33:25 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I thank the RNC for freeing me to vote my values rather then political party. It is liberating!)
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To: kinoxi
It's disturbing that so many believe the 'global catastrophe' is based on fact.

Including, if we are to believe what he says, John McCain.

27 posted on 11/19/2006 6:43:17 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

The sky is...........still there.


28 posted on 11/19/2006 6:45:13 PM PST by bmwcyle (The snake is loose in the garden and Eve just bit the apple.)
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To: okie01

I like the guy. I respect him. I would not put him in charge.


29 posted on 11/19/2006 6:46:49 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Kimmers

Maybe we can provide government assistance to those who can't buy them...


30 posted on 11/19/2006 6:47:21 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: taxcontrol

Nah, I got a new (used, but new to me) snowboard. I'm ready, BRING IT ON! :-)


31 posted on 11/19/2006 6:47:22 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar
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To: kinoxi

a chilly bump. . .


32 posted on 11/19/2006 7:14:00 PM PST by cricket (Live Liberal free. . .or suffer their consequences. . .SAVE THE TERRORISTS! JOIN THE DEMOCRATS. . .)
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To: george76

"Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga.
So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama,
hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know."
And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed,
you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice. "

33 posted on 11/19/2006 8:52:59 PM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

You CAN'T confuse the left with facts. The left, simply, won't hear any actual facts.


34 posted on 11/19/2006 9:06:09 PM PST by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: boomop1

LOL!


35 posted on 11/19/2006 9:29:24 PM PST by spinestein (Please do not make illegal copies of this tag line.)
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To: jocko12

"The ice age is comeing."

Yup...and the ice age is caused by global warming.


36 posted on 11/19/2006 9:33:58 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: ChildOfThe60s; texianyankee; JayB; ElkGroveDan; markman46; palmer; Bahbah; Paradox; FOG724; ...
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37 posted on 11/21/2006 8:07:29 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Celebrating my two-year anniversary! Yehaw!)
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To: cogitator

Codge, any thoughts?


38 posted on 11/21/2006 8:07:57 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Celebrating my two-year anniversary! Yehaw!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Codge, any thoughts?

Antarctica is a world apart. Greenland's ice sheet is a much better bellwether.

The Antarctic Ice Sheet and Climate Change

This is a downloadable document with lots of abstracts and references. I've copied one of the most pertinent below:

Wild, M., et al. 2003. Effects of polar ice sheets on global sea level in high-resolution greenhouse scenarios. Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(D5), 4165, doi:10.1029/2002JD002451. (Authors' abstract, modified.)

"Projections of future global sea level critically depend on reliable estimates of mass balance changes on the polar ice sheets. A model of greenhouse warming with doubled carbon-dioxide concentration suggests an increase in snow accumulation on both Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. There is an increase in summertime melting on Greenland, but it amounts to less than the snowfall increase. Antarctica is still too cold for significant melting. The experiment with doubled carbon-dioxide concentration thus suggests a mass gain in both Antarctica and Greenland. These mass balance shifts correspond to a net sea level lowering of 1.2 millimeters per year at the time of doubled carbon-dioxide. This may compensate for a substantial fraction of the melt-induced sea level rise from smaller glaciers and ice caps, leaving thermal expansion of the ocean as the dominant factor for sea level rise over the coming decades. The compensating effect, however, could fade if carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere continue to rise above double the present values, since the additional climatic warming could then induce significant melting of the Antarctic ice sheet."

I will also note that this projection on Greenland may be incorrect; the more recent data analyses published (autumn of this year) indicates that melting is exceeding accumulation.

39 posted on 11/21/2006 8:17:59 AM PST by cogitator
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To: ChildOfThe60s

bookmark for later


40 posted on 11/21/2006 8:20:27 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: george76

Dang ... He's really bloated. keep him away from sharp objects. If you stick a pin in him, he'll pop like a balloon.


41 posted on 11/21/2006 8:22:44 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: kinoxi
Global warming causes cooling they say

The biggest threat to humanity today is Global-Absolutely-No-Change-In-Temperatures-Whatsoever.

42 posted on 11/21/2006 8:24:25 AM PST by Lazamataz (Thats the spirit.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Everybody knows "W" did it to fool us into thnking we're dooooomed to freeze to death while we're really going to bake...or is it bake while we think we're going to freeze...Oh, I'm so confused...


43 posted on 11/21/2006 8:43:19 PM PST by oneolcop (Take off the gloves!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Bush's fault.


44 posted on 11/21/2006 8:50:17 PM PST by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: george76

Is this a real picture or photoshopped?


45 posted on 11/21/2006 9:20:18 PM PST by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Marysecretary

a real picture !

Yikes ...


46 posted on 11/27/2006 5:56:20 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Nice suit...al is wearing.

/s


47 posted on 11/27/2006 5:57:35 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Can you imagine all that shlt spraying out? Not pleasant.


48 posted on 01/27/2011 7:20:52 AM PST by Rannug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-qH02g4DLI)
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