Whoa, I haven't looked at this year's Arctic sea ice extent in a few weeks, we're having a surprisingly icy summer! Apparently, we might be headed for the highest minimum since 2014. (Note that we can't extrapolate trends from single years and sea ice is still trending downwards--this is still lower than the 1981-2010 median--but it's interesting to see this sort of variability!)
Lots of great figures and captions in this paper, such as this one:
Here's an idea of the sort of stuff I'm talking about (this isn't clipart but I'm gonna use it because it's great)
It's really just a quirk of the current location of the jet stream, but I find it funny how it just so happens to be positioned in a way that there's snow over most of the country except for the area I'm located at, go figure
(Map courtesy of Environment and Climate Change Canada, https://weather.gc.ca/jet_stream/index_e.html )
COVID, contact tracing app
I haven't gotten much of my actual work done today, but I did figure out how to plot the total key count from the JSON file exported by my phone's COVID-19 contact tracing. As usual, pandas (in python) is super helpful for handling timestamps!
(This is not my exposure, but the number of keys that were sent to my phone at each time to check for exposure, I believe.)
Sea ice melt ponds, some facts!
Melt ponds form on sea ice during the warmer spring and summer seasons, and their presence can accelerate ice melt. Since the ponds are much darker than the surrounding ice, (i.e. they have a lower albedo,) they absorb more solar radiation, which leads to more warming.
The difference in colour between the ponds and the surrounding ice can be quite striking!
(Photo courtesy of NASA; more information here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ponds_on_the_Ocean,_ICESCAPE.jpg )
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PhD student in computational atmospheric physics
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Research interests: Arctic snow, sea ice, climate, remote sensing
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