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Saturday, January 14, 2012

No Melting in Antarctica 1978 to Present

Timothy Birdnow

No significant change in Antarctic snowmelt. Seems that claims by the Global Warming crowd are again proven specious.

From Geophysical Research Letters:"

Surface snowmelt is widespread in coastal Antarctica. Satellite-based microwave sensors have been observing melt area and duration for over three decades. However, these observations do not reveal the total volume of meltwater produced on the ice sheet. Here we present an Antarctic melt volume climatology for the period 1979–2010, obtained using a regional climate model equipped with realistic snow physics. We find that mean continent-wide meltwater volume (1979–2010) amounts to 89 Gt y−1 with large interannual variability (σ = 41 Gt y−1). Of this amount, 57 Gt y−1 (64%) is produced on the floating ice shelves extending from the grounded ice sheet, and 71 Gt y−1 in West-Antarctica, including the Antarctic Peninsula. We find no statistically significant trend in either continent-wide or regional meltwater volume for the 31-year period 1979–2010."

How can anyone claim the globe is warming if there is no increase in melting on the continent that is completely ice-covered?

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