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Ski Lodges, Chairlifts, and Learjets: Some Scientists Have All the Luck (While Skeptics Have Their Laptops Seized)

Comment:  It seems while climate science researchers have been called by the line of duty to work on ski slopes and fly in learjets, skeptic scientists have their computers seized by UK authorities – presumably for having received and published the link to the Climategate leaked emails. 

(PhysOrg.com) — Ski season is snow season, and snow season means clouds – exactly what a team of atmospheric scientists in “Ski Town USA” are anticipating. For the next five months, a dense collection of remote-sensing instruments will gather data from the clouds at four different elevations on Mount Werner in the Steamboat Springs ski area. Scientists will use these data to study how clouds – especially those that produce rain and snow – evolve in mountainous terrain. They will use the data to verify the accuracy of measurements used in computer models of the Earth’s climate system.

About a dozen instruments are located on the valley floor, near the base of Mount Werner, where researchers will also launch weather balloons several times a day. More instruments are located outside Thunderhead Lodge, a main thoroughfare for the ski area. A third instrument collection is located near the Christie Peak Express chairlift. Storm Peak Lab, at the top of the mountain, will host several instruments in addition to its permanent collection.

Because clouds are so dynamic and can contain ice, water, or a mixture of the two, they continue to be one of the hardest components of the climate system for scientists to model accurately. Ground based instruments provide more geographic and temporal coverage of these cloud systems. Instruments on the ground are typically used to obtain – or “retrieve” – measurements that are related indirectly to important cloud processes. Inferring these cloud processes requires development of mathematical formulas, or algorithms, to convert the measurements into cloud properties.

Second story:

Quantifying cirrus albedo and greenhouse effects in Learjets

“Cirrus clouds exert significant controls on the Earth’s radiation budget, both reflecting solar radiation (the albedo effect) and reducing radiative heat loss through the atmosphere (the greenhouse effect). Quantifying cirrus albedo and greenhouse effects is an important factor in building accurate global climate models.

High-altitude cirrus clouds are made up primarily of ice crystals in various sizes, shapes, and densities. Discrepancies in how different instruments measure these properties contribute a large degree of uncertainty in scientific knowledge of these clouds. Some of these discrepancies may be due to the shattering of larger ice crystals on aircraft and probe surfaces during airborne sampling efforts.

The scientific objectives of the SPARTICUS field campaign include rectifying the archived discrepancies and improving the methodology for cirrus data acquisition.  This will provide scientists a better understanding of existing and future cirrus data sets, leading to an overall improvement in climate model accuracy.

Between January and June 2010, the SPARTICUS field campaign collected 150 hours of concurrent data from cirrus clouds over the ARM Southern Great Plains site using a broad array of both ground-based and aircraft-mounted instruments.

To obtain the airborne data, the ARM Aerial Facility coordinated flights by the SPEC Learjet 25, provided and flown by the Stratton Park Engineering Company, Inc.  These corollary data sets will provide a solid foundation for the rigorous evaluation needed to rectify the existing discrepancies in cirrus data.


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6 responses

  1. Ask them why do clouds, carrying zillions of tons of water, can levitate over their “Illuminati” heads, or, something much more simple: Why does the earth spin around?..
    Poor kids, so indulged by their mommies and daddies that they just can play with balloons and watch them fly high, high and away!
    Of course, they like playing being the owners of the world, though they are just the pets of the real ones.
    Beware kids! and don´t cry if you lose your toys, blame it to “climate change”.

    December 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  2. Glad you dropped by Adolfo. (:
    Tallbloke has gone about studying the cloud albedo feedback of global climate models all wrong. From this PhysOrg article you can see that what he really needed to do is gather data at “four different elevations” on a ski slope. For best results, he should release weather balloons several times a day at the base of the mountain, and then head up to the ski lodge to make further observations of the cirrus clouds from there. Better luck next time to him.

    December 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  3. @ Zeke; nice page, informative and well laid out. pg

    December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  4. Thanks for the nice review PG (:

    Perhaps there is a new fund for tallbloke in this story somewhere. Either a ski lift ticket for the season or a learjet fund might work. I hope he would pick the learjet because he would probably find a way to catch a cirrus cloud crystal. I have always wanted to see one, which is why I looked the story up in the first place.

    It is good to see you, and Merry Christmas. Will be following your experiment with anti-gravity. You might be interested in the article about an anti-gravity effect observed using gyroscopes. Professor Eric Laithwaite [1921-97] spun a 50 lb gyroscope and lifted it effortlessly over his head. The attendees at the lecture did not appreciate this heresy.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

  5. Otter

    Zeke, seeing your comments on Tallbloke’s, right after j-bow, I at first thought you were a troll. But then I saw your comments in another thread, and saw the error of my ways :P

    You are now added to my read list. Keep up the good work!

    December 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

  6. Hi Otter. Yes my comment was actually friendly fire (:

    Legal battles are draining, so like everyone else I wish it could still somehow be avoided. But tallbloke will have to do what is right for England. Sad to say, I think our cousins in the UK do acquiesce a little too much.

    He’ll have our support. Thanks for the remarks and the visit Otto.


    December 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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