On the back of decades of melting prophesies and expensive political policies, scientists have admitted they don’t have a particularly good understanding of what occurs in the Arctic in winter — the region, it now turns out, has always been blacked out during the colder months.
But this year, a bunch of brave souls from seventeen nations hope to change that, by intentionally placing themselves right in the thick of it all, with the noble aim of studying the impact of climate change on the ground.
Dozens of scientists and environmentalist from the United States, China, Russia and other countries will board the German icebreaker RV Polarstern on a year-long voyage to ‘study the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how it affects the rest of the world.‘
“So far we have always been locked out of that region, and we lack even the basic observations of the climate processes in the central Arctic from winter,” expedition leader Markus Rex admitted to the AP.
“We are going to change that for the first time”.
The ship will navigate deep into the Arctic Ocean and anchor itself to a thick piece of sea ice, where it will remain as the surrounding waters freeze over.
The plan is to then set up temporary winter research camps on the ice, which should make it easier for scientists to manually perform tests that have never before been possible.
“We can do a lot with robotics and other things but in the end the visual, the manual observation and also the measurement, that’s still what we need,” said Marcel Nicolaus, a German sea ice physicist who will be part of the mission.
At $158 million, the mission is costly (naturally, Global Warming always is).
And it’s also dangerous (naturally, marooning yourself in the middle of the Arctic always is), no less so during the onset of the weakest solar cycle for the last 200 years (NASA, more below).
Look for those “Scientists were Surprise to Find…” headlines next year as the researchers remained trapped longer than planned, ran out of supplies and wound-up having to eat a bunch of Polar Bears to survive.
“We as scientists, I think, have the obligation to produce the robust scientific basis for political decisions,” Rex said.
But why aren’t satellite measurements enough, Rex?
Is it because they show sea ice has been growing over the last 14 years?
Did they threaten your funding?
This absurd (though intriguing) mission hopes to better understand the role the Arctic plays in the global climate system.
The record-breaking polar vortex, which blasted the U.S. earlier in the year, dropped temperatures to as low as -46C (-51F), with the cold stretching from North Dakota to as far south as Alabama.
The mission also takes up another $158 million that could have been spent on researching the sun, as it is there where most of the answers to our planet’s climate lie.
Research has already shown that solar minimums weaken the jet stream, reverting its usual tight Zonal Flow (a west–east direction) to more of a loose Meridional Flow (a north-south direction), and also that this is exaggerated further during a Grand Solar Minimum, like the one we’re likely entering now, explaining why regions become unseasonably hot or cold and others unusually dry or rainy with the extremes lasting for an extended period of time.
This wavy jet stream effectively drags cold Arctic air south, as seen in the above illustration.
The pattern has nothing to do with you, nothing to do with you CO2.
The natural mechanisms have been understood for decades, as the below article from 1975 indicates, but as they clash with the modern politicised AGW agenda, they’ve conveniently been forgotten:
Global Average Temperatures are falling, as the sun enters its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
The cold times are returning.
A winter-excursion to the middle of the Arctic is ill-advised.
Prepare — grow your won.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift