Antarctica Gaining More Ice Than Losing

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Antarctica has been accumulating more ice than it’s been losing in recent decades, a new study by NASA has revealed, challenging existing theories on climate change and rises in sea levels.

The paper, entitled “Mass gains of the Antarctic ice sheet exceed losses,” was published in the Journal of Glaciology on Friday.

The authors of the study, who are from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland and Sigma Space Corporation, analyzed satellite data showing that Antarctica gained 112 billion tons of ice annually from 1992 to 2001.

There was a slowdown in accumulation from 2003 to 2008, but gains still stood at solid 82 billion tons of ice per year during that period, the paper said.

Lead author and NASA glaciologist Jay Zwally stressed that the results don’t mean that Antarctica will continue gain ice perpetually, as the trend could reverse in just a couple of decades.

The findings of NASA’s survey contradict previous research, including that of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warned that Antarctica’s ice sheets were melting and causing sea levels to rise.

“The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away,” Jay Zwally, lead author of the paper and NASA glaciologist, said in a press-release.

“But this is also bad news,” he stressed. “If the 0.27 millimeters per year of sea level rise attributed to Antarctica in the IPCC report is not really coming from Antarctica, there must be some other contribution to sea level rise that is not accounted for.”

The scientists calculated the Antarctic ice gains by studying the height of its ice sheet, which was measured using radar instruments on two European Space Agency satellites from 1992 to 2001, and laser sensors on a NASA satellite from 2003 to 2008.

Zwally disagreed with earlier attempts to attribute rises in land elevation in Antarctica to snowfall.

The NASA team analyzed meteorological data from as far back as 1979, which revealed that snow accumulation on the continent has been declining.

This makes thicker ice the logical explanation for Antarctic land elevation, the survey said.

The paper also pointed out the difficulties in measuring the height of ice in Antarctica, saying that improved tools are needed to better perform the task.

The US space agency is currently developing a new satellite capable of a more accurately measuring long-term changes in ice in Antarctica.

ICESat-2, which will be able to “measure changes in the ice sheet within the thickness of a No. 2 pencil,” is planned for launch in 2018, according to NASA glaciologist Tom Neumann

Source: http://worldtruth.tv/antarctica-gaining-more-ice-than-losing/

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6 Responses to “Antarctica Gaining More Ice Than Losing”

  1. jkick says:

    Follow the money Gordon.

    The last 3 paragraphs by these clowns at NASA say it all.

    The paper also pointed out the difficulties in measuring the height of ice in Antarctica, saying that improved tools are needed to better perform the task.

    The US space agency is currently developing a new satellite capable of a more accurately measuring long-term changes in ice in Antarctica.

    ICESat-2, which will be able to “measure changes in the ice sheet within the thickness of a No. 2 pencil,” is planned for launch in 2018, according to NASA glaciologist Tom Neumann

    at a cost of ?

    This from 2014:

    Development of ICESat 2 was supposed to cost $559 million when NASA formally set a budget for the mission in 2012.

    Michael Freilich, head of NASA’s Earth science division, told an advisory committee May 28 that ICESat 2’s overrun was “on the order of $200 million.

    So that be more like near on a billion dollars before its finished, nice business if you can get it.

    rgds jkick

    http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1406/01icesat2/#.VjnsrkJpXGg

  2. Dublinmick says:

    “There has been lots of talk lately about Antarctica and whether or not the continent’s giant ice sheet is melting. One new paper 1, which states there’s less surface melting recently than in past years, has been cited as “proof” that there’s no global warming. Other evidence that the amount of sea ice around Antarctica seems to be increasing slightly 2-4 is being used in the same way. But both of these data points are misleading. Gravity data collected from space using NASA’s Grace satellite show that Antarctica has been losing more than a hundred cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) of ice each year since 2002. The latest data reveal that Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate, too. How is it possible for surface melting to decrease, but for the continent to lose mass anyway? The answer boils down to the fact that ice can flow without melting. “

    It is possible in any given year for a satelite to record more ice on top but the key is the below. There warming ocean currents are melting away more of the base.

    Seas are rising and have been for sometime. The beaches in Florida are gone and the governor has forbid state employees to discuss climate change.

    I was very fortunate to live around the ocean for many years near St. Augustine Beach, Florida. I have seen the beach disappear over the years. It used to stretch out for hundreds of yards and now there is no beach there, simply rock barriers in an attempt to hold the ocean back from property. The foundations of houses are being eaten out and cannot be insured. So when I see feverish attempt in some quarters to deny rising sea levels and climate change I have to assume they must be real estate speculators, some caught with seaside property they wish to sell, have inferior search browsers, eyesight problems or flat out liars. You see sea level rise is not speculation, it is happening now. Norfolk Virginia is having problems with sea locks at the naval base and Mayor Paul Fram indicates that parts of the city may have to be simply abandoned at some point. So there is really nothing to debate on sea level rise and climate change, the debate is over for those who can read, have two good eyes and can process information. The sea has risen 14 inches since the 1930s at Norfolk and it is geometrically increasing due to ice breaking off and melting at the poles.
    ODU’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) facilitates research and education in all aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Because of our location there is special emphasis on adaptation to increased flooding because of sea level rise. There are many other aspects of climate change affecting coastal cities such as public health or disaster preparedness that the initiative also addresses. Please see Related Research Groups for more information. – See more at:

    https://dublinsmickdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/thawing-permafrost-the-speed-of-coastal-erosion-in-eastern-siberia-has-nearly-doubled-arctic-methane-released-at-blinding-speed-climate-change-core-of-earth-heats-up/

    I was very fortunate to live around the ocean for many years near St. Augustine Beach, Florida. I have seen the beach disappear over the years. It used to stretch out for hundreds of yards and now there is no beach there, simply rock barriers in an attempt to hold the ocean back from property. The foundations of houses are being eaten out and cannot be insured. So when I see feverish attempt in some quarters to deny rising sea levels and climate change I have to assume they must be real estate speculators, some caught with seaside property they wish to sell, have inferior search browsers, eyesight problems or flat out liars. You see sea level rise is not speculation, it is happening now. Norfolk Virginia is having problems with sea locks at the naval base and Mayor Paul Fram indicates that parts of the city may have to be simply abandoned at some point. So there is really nothing to debate on sea level rise and climate change, the debate is over for those who can read, have two good eyes and can process information. The sea has risen 14 inches since the 1930s at Norfolk and it is geometrically increasing due to ice breaking off and melting at the poles.
    ODU’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) facilitates research and education in all aspects of climate change and sea level rise. Because of our location there is special emphasis on adaptation to increased flooding because of sea level rise. There are many other aspects of climate change affecting coastal cities such as public health or disaster preparedness that the initiative also addresses. Please see Related Research Groups for more information.

    • 200 PROOFS THE EARTH IS NOT A SPINNING BALL
      http://www.atlanteanconspiracy.com/2015/08/200-proofs-earth-is-not-spinning-ball.html

      1) The horizon always appears perfectly flat 360 degrees around the observer regardless of altitude. All amateur balloon, rocket, plane and drone footage show a completely flat horizon over 20+ miles high. Only NASA and other government “space agencies” show curvature in their fake CGI photos/videos.

      8) The Suez Canal connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea is 100 miles long without any locks making the water an uninterrupted continuation of the two seas. When constructed, the Earth’s supposed curvature was not taken into account, it was dug along a horizontal datum line 26 feet below sea-level, passing through several lakes from one sea to the other, with the datum line and water’s surface running perfectly parallel over the 100 miles.

      15) If the Earth were truly a sphere 25,000 miles in circumference, airplane pilots would have to constantly correct their altitudes downwards so as to not fly straight off into “outer space;” a pilot wishing to simply maintain their altitude at a typical cruising speed of 500 mph, would have to constantly dip their nose downwards and descend 2,777 feet (over half a mile) every minute! Otherwise, without compensation, in one hour’s time the pilot would find themselves 31.5 miles higher than expected.

      21) If the Earth were truly constantly spinning Eastwards at over 1000mph, helicopters and hot-air balloons should be able to simply hover over the surface of the Earth and wait for their destinations to come to them!

      34) Ship captains in navigating great distances at sea never need to factor the supposed curvature of the Earth into their calculations. Both Plane Sailing and Great Circle Sailing, the most popular navigation methods, use plane, not spherical trigonometry, making all mathematical calculations on the assumption that the Earth is perfectly flat. If the Earth were in fact a sphere, such an errant assumption would lead to constant glaring inaccuracies. Plane Sailing has worked perfectly fine in both theory and practice for thousands of years, however, and plane trigonometry has time and again proven more accurate than spherical trigonometry in determining distances across the oceans.

      33) If “gravity” is credited with being a force strong enough to curve the massive expanse of oceans around a globular Earth, it would be impossible for fish and other creatures to swim through such forcefully held water.

  3. Truth will prevail says:

    There has always been climate change and always will be – and humans have to deal with it.

    The critics refer to the globalists’ HOAX and fraudster scheme of “global warming by man-made CO2”. Their false assertion that “man himself is the worst enemy of mankind” who must consequently be EXTERMINATED…. GENOCIDE on a global scale…) “Global warming” propaganda changed into “Climate change by man-made CO2” lies being propagated by pseudo-scientists and “experts” working for the global banksters and their ilk. They want to introduce a global climate tax… huge funds to depopulate the planet even more effectively…by geoengineering…

    There IS climate change – and if partly man-made you must have a look at geoengineering technology…

    Electrifying the Sky: 10 Things You Should Know About Geoengineering

  4. beLIEve says:

    Climate Fluctuation is Cyclical.

    In the British Isles in Medieval times grape vines were not uncommon.

    In later centuries it became so cold, the Thames froze and, frost fairs were held on the river.

    Piri Reis map.

    Piri reis was a famous Admiral of the Turkish fleet in the sixteenth century.
    His passion was cartography and, he had access to the Imperial Library of Constantinople.
    In 1513 Piri Reis created a map, using source documents, some dating to 400 BC and earlier.
    The Piri Reis map shows the northern coastline of Antarctica in perfect detail, sans ice.
    The last time this area could have been ice free was 4000 BC.

    The Climate Change… DOGMA… together with the so-called sustainability …..DOGMA….are Imho, RATs-child…..REVENUE THEFT.

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