Climate Scientist: Ice Free Arctic by 2010 – maybe even sooner.

Why do climate scientists make these predictions, when they must know that it will only be a couple of years until they’re made to look like fools? Is there some deep-seated self-loathing thing going on, or do they really believe that no one will remember what they said in a couple of years time?

This one from Louis Fortier, who is the scientific director of ArcticNet, a Canadian research network. http://www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca/aboutus/rationale.php

In 2007 Fortier and other climate scientists held a conference in Quebec, which a local news network covered:

Fortier told an international conference on defence and security in Quebec City Thursday that the worst-case scenarios are becoming reality.

“The frightening models we didn’t even dare to talk about before are now proving to be true,” Fortier told CanWest News Service, referring to computer models that take into account the thinning of the sea ice and the warming from the albedo effect – the Earth is absorbing more energy as the sea ice melts.

According to these models, there will be no sea ice left in the summer in the Arctic Ocean somewhere between 2010 and 2015.

And it’s probably going to happen even faster than that,” said Fortier, who leads an international team of researchers in the Arctic looking for clues to climate change.

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/features/bestofcanwest/story.html?id=c76d05dd-2864-43b2-a2e3-82e0a8ca05d5&k=53683

Our advice to Fortier and his team of climate scientists for their next Arctic expedition? Leave the kayaks, take the sleds.

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2 responses to “Climate Scientist: Ice Free Arctic by 2010 – maybe even sooner.

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  2. Because it unthaws the grant money and keeps it flowing! Fortier has just been awarded the Prix du Quebec for Science 2010. http://www.prixduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/recherche/desclaureat.php?noLaureat=417
    (Quebec does not like to provide information in English though Fortier’s projects have probably been funded by English majority Canada as a whole.)
    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Climate+agency+gears+down+funding+dries/3881100/story.html

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