Posted by Jeff Id on December 3, 2010
Scientists solve enigma of Antarctic ‘cooling’ – click for article.
Research ‘kills off’ climate sceptic argument by showing average temperature across the continent has risen over the last 50 years
In the remote and inaccessible West Antarctic region the new research, based on ground measurements and satellite data, show that the region has warmed rapidly, by 0.17C each decade since 1957. “We had no idea what was happening there,” said Professor Eric Steig, at the University of Washington, Seattle, and who led the research published in Nature.
This outweighs the cooling seen in East Antarctica, so that, overall, the continent has warmed by 0.12C each decade over the same period. This matches the warming of the southern hemisphere as a whole and removes the apparent contradiction.