Through the Ice, Darkly

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

As always, I get distracted by the daily news. The weather news today is a lovely rainy morning here in drought-plagued California, we got just under an inch (2cm) in last night’s storm, and the outer world is green and happy. Regarding the climate news, Anthony highlighted a claimed recent darkening of the Greenland ice cap.  This is said to be reducing the ice cap’s albedo, which is the percentage of sunshine reflected back to space, and thus leading to more solar absorption and more melting.

Being an inherently suspectful type oif fellow, I thought I’d take a look at the albedo and other anatomical features of Greenland. First, the big view. Let me start with a map showing the global “all-sky” albedo from the CERES satellite data. It shows the average of all satellite observations, both when the sky is clear and when it…

View original post 964 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s