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Antarctic Sea Ice Collapse of 2019

Posted on: July 2, 2019

Antarctic Sea Ice Photo Provided by New Scientist Magazine antarctic-sea-ice-photo

 

RELATED POST: ANTARCTIC SEA ICE EXTENT 1979-2018: [LINK]

RELATED POST: GEOLOGY OF ANTARCTICA: [LINK]

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Figure 1: Jan-May Average Sea Ice Extent 1979-2019 

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Figure 2: South Polar Ocean Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly 1979-2019

 

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Figure 3: Correlation between sea ice extent and temperature

CORRELATION

Figure 4: Regression Table

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  1. CONTEXT: In July 2019 a climate change alarm was raised that “Antarctic sea ice is declining dramatically and we don’t know why”. This post is a response to this alarm with the relevant data.
  2. January-May average sea ice extent for the Antarctic and the corresponding lower troposphere temperature anomalies are displayed in Figure 1 and Figure 2 respectively. Neither series shows a statistically significant trend. However, a steep decline in Jan-May average sea ice extent from 2015 to 2019 is seen in the data and. This result is consistent with the claims in the media. However, a plot of sea ice extent against temperature in Figure 3 does not indicate a relationship between sea ice extent and temperature.
  3. Results of regression analysis appear in Figure 4. A statistically significant relationship is not indicated in the results. We conclude from the above analysis that sea ice extent is not responsive to temperature. This result is consistent with prior studies of sea ice reported in related posts on Antarctic sea ice [LINK]  as well as Arctic sea ice extent [LINK] .
  4.  The sudden and unsustained drop in sea ice extent at a 4-year time scale may indicate that the causal agent of this event is geological and not the atmosphere. Only if this trend is found to be sustained over a longer time span can atmospheric causes be considered. A survey of the extensive geological heat sources in the Antarctic is presented in a related post  [LINK] .

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