Norwegian Polar Institute: Antarctic ice shelves not melting after all

Another entry in the eco-bullsh*t files. Algore must be beside himself.

Computer models have been indicating, for at least 20 years, that the ice shelves in Antarctica are losing mass faster than they are gaining it. That is, they’re melting – and presumably from “global warming.” Scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute have conducted studies that disprove these models, and show that overall the polar ice is maintaining a “steady state”.

“Previous ocean models … have predicted temperatures and melt rates that are too high, suggesting a significant mass loss in this region that is actually not taking place,” says Tore Hattermann of the Norwegian Polar Institute, member of a team which has obtained two years’ worth of direct measurements below the massive Fimbul Ice Shelf in eastern Antarctica – the first ever to be taken.

According to a statement from the American Geophysical Union, announcing the new research:

It turns out that past studies, which were based on computer models without any direct data for comparison or guidance, overestimate the water temperatures and extent of melting beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf. This has led to the misconception, Hattermann said, that the ice shelf is losing mass at a faster rate than it is gaining mass, leading to an overall loss of mass.

The team’s results show that water temperatures are far lower than computer models predicted …

Hatterman and his colleagues, using 12 tons of hot-water drilling equipment, bored three holes more than 200m deep through the Fimbul Shelf, which spans an area roughly twice the size of New Jersey. The location of each hole was cunningly chosen so that the various pathways by which water moves beneath the ice shelf could be observed, and instruments were lowered down.

Overall, according to the team, their field data shows “steady state mass balance” on the eastern Antarctic coasts – ie, that no ice is being lost from the massive shelves there.

via The Register

  1. Tore Hattermann said:

    Dear Reader,
    The register-article referred to in this post is a severe misinterpretation of our results. Please see her for a comment of the people who actually conducted the study:
    Best Regards
    Tore Hattermann

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