Thursday, December 11, 2008

Don't ask questions the answers to which you don't already know

Once again, Roger at XDA unearths a global warming-debunking gem, this one about an array of 3,283 buoys floating around the world's oceans measuring and reporting ocean temperatures at various depths, down to about 2000 meters. Known as Argo, these tireless automatons do nothing but bob up and down spewing out data from the seven seas. So, as Argo's own web site asks, why do we need Argo?
We are increasingly concerned about global change and its regional impacts. Sea level is rising at an accelerating rate of 3 mm/year, Arctic sea ice cover is shrinking and high latitude areas are warming rapidly. Extreme weather events...
...Zzzzz -- *thunk* Oh, uh...sorry 'bout that. Anyway, Roger links this article which suggests that Argo is not exactly toeing the party line, global warming-wise:
When they were first deployed in 2003, the Argos were hailed for their ability to collect information on ocean conditions more precisely, at more places and greater depths and in more conditions than ever before. No longer would scientists have to rely on measurements mostly at the surface from older scientific buoys or inconsistent shipboard monitors.

So why are some scientists now beginning to question the buoys' findings? Because in five years, the little blighters have failed to detect any global warming. They are not reinforcing the scientific orthodoxy of the day, namely that man is causing the planet to warm dangerously. They are not proving the predetermined conclusions of their human masters. Therefore they, and not their masters' hypotheses, must be wrong.

In fact, "there has been a very slight cooling," according to a U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) interview with Josh Willis at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a scientist who keeps close watch on the Argo findings.

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The big problem with the Argo findings is that all the major climate computer models postulate that as much as 80-90% of global warming will result from the oceans warming rapidly then releasing their heat into the atmosphere.

But if the oceans aren't warming, then (please whisper) perhaps the models are wrong.
By the way, this article is dated in March of this year, so it's not exactly late-breaking news. But then again, you didn't really expect stuff like this to be covered in the global warming-friendly media, did you?

Oh, and someone may want to check up on those buoys congregating between Japan and Russia. I think they're up to no good.

(Edited to correct. That cluster of buoys is between Japan and Russia, not mainland China, of course.)


Ayrdale said...

Good post. The ARGO study and the CLOUD study at CERN in Switzeralnd, will provide much needed new data about the way the planet warms and cools. In time, I think these studies and this have the alarmists running for cover.
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Dave C said...

amazing how technology goes obsolete..

all those need to be hauled in and upgraded to the new software package.. the one where no matter what the data, it will graph the GW numbers into a hockey stick to alarm us all..

Eric said...

Good lord...these buoys go for $20,000 a pop. This system is a money pit.