Summer freeze continues to halt climate expedition in Antarctic

Yesterday we reported that climate scientist and explorer Chris Turney and his crew were stranded in the Antarctic after their ship was completely closed in by the sea ice. Turney explained from his stranded vessel that, “We have come south… [to] see just how much change has happened in 100 years and broadcast that live to the public back home.” I am assuming he was talking about the weather, not the climate.

Good news! Professor Turney reported that somehow Santa was able to locate the stranded crew and paid them a much welcome visit on Christmas. Also, the Chinese ice breaker Snow Dragon has been spotted by Turney’s crew and they expect to be rescued in short order.


Christmas in the Antarctic: Climate Irony

Chris Turney, a professor of climate science at the University of New South Wales in Australia is currently leading a summer expedition to the Antarctic for scientific research. But the expedition is on hold for the time being because the ship carrying the climate adventurer has been completely surrounded and frozen in place by the sea ice.

Chris has been updating his Twitter followers on the progress of the mission but yesterday, Christmas Day he sent out this tweet:  “Stuck in ice. All well. Relief expt’d 30 hrs. Science continuing.”

Professor Turney’s University web page says that, “Working with climate models, Chris is using these reconstructions to look into the mechanisms, timing and impact of extreme change in the past and future at regional and global scales.” Knowing that the professor works with models makes us wonder what he thinks the reasons are that the IPCC climate models did not predict the lack of global warming over the past 16 years or so.

We wish Professor Turney and his crew a safe and speedy rescue.

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See Professor Turney’s Tweets here.  See a video of the view from the stranded ship here: