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Does the SPIEGEL got it?

Posted 26 September 2010

Alex Bojanowski at Germany’s online concludes in a Der Spiegel reports here that “new study shows one thing: The influence of the oceans is greater than previously thought.” Does the SPIEGEL now understands that the climate change debate needs to focus on the ocean? That remains to be seen. Actually the PIEGEL report is about a new paper in NATURE[1], (23. Apet.2010) about a cooling in the North Atlantic from 1968-1972 that shall have significantly effected the Northern Hemisphere air temperatures, more details and comments HERE.

The SPIEGEL report was reviewed by P Gosselin on 24. September 2010, at: notrickzone.com, by drawing attention the following SPIEGEL texts:

___Now it turns out that the theory is incomplete.
___A sudden cooling of the oceans in the northern hemisphere played the decisive role in the drop of air temperatures.
___A huge amount of energy was taken out of the oceans. The scientists said that it was surprising that the cooling was so fast.
___This shows, again, that the climate simulation models used for predicting the future are inadequate. It’s not sure what caused the oceans to cool.
___But scientists are sure that aerosols were not the cause.
___Der Spiegel describes a possible scenario how the oceans may have cooled: 

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Huge amounts of melt water from Greenland’s glaciers poured into the Atlantic at the end of the 1960s, and formed a cover over the ocean.
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The melt water cooled the ocean for one thing, and acted to brake the Golf Stream, which transports warm water from the tropics and delivers it to the north.
·         The result: the air also cools down
___But, as Spiegel reports, that hardly explains why there was also cooling n the north Pacific.
 ___Der Spiegel:  The scientists will have to refine their climate simulations. The new study shows one thing: The influence of the oceans is greater than previously thought.

The most the SPIEGEL seem to grasps is rudimentary, as it is widely acknowledged that there had been a lasting global cooling over three decades from 1940 to the mid 1970s, and ocean cooling can happen quickly at any time and everywhere, a the mean ocean temperature is less than 4°C. What needs no to be acknowledged, that the start of the global cooling coincided with World War II, and the naval war during this period of time may have significantly shifted the air temperature trend in the North Atlantic and North Pacific as discussed in ppt (~ 3,5 MB each):  HERE-Atlantic and HERE-Pacific, or see: http://climate-ocean.com/

 However the SPIEGEL did a small step in the right direction, which will improve, hopefully.

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The two countries close to the North Atlantic show both a small cooling throughout the years from 1940 to 1970, surprisingly not during the winter months January & February, while all other periods indicate a warming trend 


[1] David W. J. Thompson, John M. Wallace, John J. Kennedy & Phil D. Jones, Nature 467, 444-447 (23 September 2010); http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v467/n7314/full/nature09394.html