Antarctica Has So Much Sea Ice Scientists Have Trouble Getting There

antarcticaScientists are struggling to stage expeditions to the South Pole because Antarctica’s sea ice has been growing rapidly and hit record high levels.

The UK Guardian reports 50 scientists have gathered in Tasmania to discuss more accurate ways to predict Antarctic sea ice levels so researchers don’t get stuck in ice pack when traveling southward.

“It’s quite hard to forecast but whatever effort we put into improving our ability to forecast sea ice will ultimately pay dividends in terms of savings for national programs,” Tony Worby, head  of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, told the Guardian.

Last year, ships “couldn’t get anywhere near” the Australian Antarctic Division’s research site on Antarctica, reports The Guardian.

The Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in an ice pack on Christmas Eve 2013 with 52 passengers aboard on its way to show how global warming was impacting Antarctica. After about a week of being stuck on the ice, an Australian icebreaker was sent to rescue them — that ice breaker then became temporarily stuck itself in the Antarctic ice pack.

Incidents such as this have become increasingly common for those looking to study conduct research on the South Pole. Australian scientist Ron Wooding told the Guardian it’s “inadequate for the long-term sustainability of the station.”

“Other national programs have had similar problems, the French in particular, the Japanese also,” Wooding added.

Antarctic sea ice levels have defied climate model predictions, baffling scientists and reigniting a debate over global warming’s influence on sea ice. In April, sea ice extent reached record levels for the month — a whopping 116,000 square miles higher than the previous record set in 2014.

Scientists are still unsure why Antarctic sea ice levels are growing, while the Arctic has seen levels decrease in the past few decades. Worby told the Guardian rising sea ice levels are “very largely driven by changes in wind.”

“Those changes of wind are driven by the depletion of ozone in the stratosphere and the increasing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere,” he said.

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    Amber

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    So in other words the new thing is that global warming is now turning earth into an ice ball expanding rapidly from Antarctica .

    Will we find out that Australia is to be the first large country to be covered in ice as a sort of justice for not drinking the global warming cool – aid ?

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    Amber

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    Antarctica is larger in area than the USA and Mexico combined and it has a population of less than 5,000 people .

    That suggests there are not to many keeners willing to freeze their butts off
    on the expanding ice .

    If the world is racing to a global warming “tipping point” someone forgot to send the memo to Antarctica .

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      JaayPee

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      Very good. The alarmism has been going on for nearly forty years courtesy of Pothead Sagan.

      Incredibly no one has been snapping up the vast parcels surrounding Hudson Bay, the coast of Labrador, the gigantic shoreline area of the North Sea, etc. Nobody’s buying much less bidding up the value even though these will obviously be the resort and vacation vistas of the future.

      Considering the vast fortunes of the alarmist crowd, isn’t it strange that NONE put their money where their mouth is ?

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        Kevo

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        Concern about manmade global warming started long before Carl Sagan.

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    Ralph

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    Isn’t Antarctica the last resort for Global Warming refuges? 😮

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    JB

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    The northern hemisphere will be the first to freeze over and us Australians will be turning back refugees on icebergs.

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    Amber

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    Wouldn’t that be a sight ,Al Gore drifting
    towards Australia on an ice berg looking to immigrate .

    Gee I wonder what the answer would be ?

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      JB

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      Not printable on this website Amber.

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    GR82DRV

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    I also recall a recent Antarctic global warming research vessel that was locked in the “unexpected” ice…

    It seem as if the alarmists could not have botched their predictions this badly if they had [b]tried[/b] to do so.

    For these arrogant hand-wringers the greatest sting is from being exposed and ridiculed. Let the satire reign!

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