Category Archives: Arctic

Captain Climate – Talking to WALLY BROECKER Part I

I can hardly believe my luck: to interview the greatest climate researcher of our times! He is the climate science pioneer who invented the very expression global warming, who discovered the ocean conveyor belt and revolutionized our understanding of the … Continue reading

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Our lega-seas of data

Fridtjof Nansen sailed the Arctic and Nordic seas and measured the oceans for many years. He did not hide his observational data away in a filing cabinet only for him to use. Rather he published and made it available to … Continue reading

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Ice can flow like ketchup

In many ways, glaciers behave like ketchup. Once the layer of ketchup reaches a certain thickness, the ketchup will start flowing off your hot-dog to drip onto your newly washed white shirt. The same is true for glaciers. When more … Continue reading

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Warm Winds of Change: Sporadic Heat Transport in the Atmosphere

The Sun is Earth’s largest source of energy. In addition to being essential for plant and animal life, this energy is also behind almost all aspects of our weather and climate. Due to the fact that the Earth is approximately … Continue reading

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Can the “Maelstrom of the Lofoten Basin” swallow ships?

In 1841 the American poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe published a story entitled ‘A descent into the Maelstrom’ (Poe, 1841). This early form of science fiction contains a breathtaking episode of a ship immersing into a giant whirlpool close … Continue reading

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Low Level Jets at the Ice Edge

What are ice edge jets and why should we care? The ice edge is the border between the sea ice and the open ocean (Figure 1), and jets are bands of high wind speeds in the atmosphere. Earlier studies showed … Continue reading

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Alexander Korablev: On the quest for variability

Variability in our oceans influences the variability in our atmosphere through complex air-sea interactions. We need to fully understand variability in both the ocean and the atmosphere to fully understand our cli­­­mate. This sounds obvious, but has previously been fraught … Continue reading

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Like a Rock in a Cold River

In my last snack I wrote about how islands can act like rocks in a river and create beautiful wake patterns that are caught in the lenses of satellites passing overhead. There are some prerequisites: a stable lower atmosphere, a … Continue reading

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