Bummer: Arctic Climate Expedition Blocked By Heavy Ice

So sad….oh, wait, right, heavy ice is now also caused by man-induced climate change (via Newsbusters)

(CBC) A carefully planned, 115-day scientific expedition on board the floating research vessel, the CCGS Amundsen, has been derailed as the icebreaker was called to help resupply ships navigate heavy ice in Hudson Bay.

“Obviously it has a large impact on us,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. “It’s a frustrating situation.”

During the summer, the Amundsen operates as a floating research centre with experiments running 24 hours a day. This year it was scheduled to reach North Baffin Bay.

But the icebreaker has been rerouted to escort commercial ships en route to resupply communities in Northern Quebec on the eastern side of Hudson Bay.

Johnny Leclair, assistant commissioner for the Coast Guard, said Tuesday conditions in the area are the worst he’s seen in 20 years.

As Newsbusters P.J. Gladnick points out that the article forgot to actually point out what said expedition was about, because, you know, that would be rather embarrassing

So exactly WHAT was the purpose of that 115-day scientific expedition in which the CCGS Amundsen was supposed to act as research vessel? CBC News is apparently too embarrassed to tell us so let us check in with Kossack MarineChemist, the screen name of Jay T. Cullen who when not posting on that far left site is Associate Professor of marine chemistry at the University of Victoria in British Columbia:

From July 10 to August 20 I will be aboard the CCGS Amundsen working with a group of scientists to better understand how climate change in the Arctic is affecting important physical, biological and chemical processes and conditions in the marine environment.

…From time to time I will update on our progress and share a little about life and work on a science icebreaker.


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3 Responses to “Bummer: Arctic Climate Expedition Blocked By Heavy Ice”

  1. john says:

    Teach didn’t you see what I posted yesterday in regards to this?
    Yes in one small area in Hudsons Bay there is an unusually large amount of Summer ice. But this is nothing but an anomaly something that really is of little significance. Teach instead http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
    If you look at the pic in the link you can see that there really isn’t that much ice left in Hudsons Bay
    If you read the article posted by the National Snow and Ice data Center you will see

    Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 was the third lowest in the satellite record. June snow cover for the Northern Hemisphere was the second lowest on record. In contrast, Antarctic sea ice extent remained higher than average. The pace of sea ice loss was near average for the month of June, but persistently warm conditions and increased melting late in the month may have set the stage for rapid ice loss in the coming weeks.
    and further down

    Figure 3. Monthly June ice extent for 1979 to 2015 shows a decline of 3.6% per decade relative to the 1981 to 2010 average.

    Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center
    High-resolution image

    Arctic sea ice extent averaged for June 2015 was the third lowest in the satellite record. Through 2015, the linear rate of decline for June extent is 3.6 % per decade.

    OOOOPS !!
    Is there ANYTHING that the “PAUSE” can’t do ?


  2. Jl says:

    They did a movie on this, called Ship of Fools. “The linear rate of decline…..” Too bad what ever changes happen with the climate are rarely, if ever, linear. And doesn’t prove the why such alleged melting. Keep trying, John.

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