07 Nov '11, 10am

Straight Talk on Rising Seas in a Warming World from Josh Willis of NASA JPL (video): #climate

Joshua K. Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is deeply involved in efforts to clarify oceanic ups and downs using space-based and deep-diving instruments. I frequently reach out to him when people tussle over the data and analysis pointing to rising seas in a human-heated world. This arena remains dogged by durable uncertainty on time scales relevant to policy debates even as the long-term picture of centuries of rising seas is clear. One persistent issue is the dynamics of ice sheets . Another is persistent questions about how much heat the seas absorb . Not long ago I caught Willis for a brief Skype interview that explores some important recent studies and assertions: I hope you will excuse the low resolution. I think the content makes it worth dealing with fuzziness and lag. Among other things, he speaks about the recent study that, using patterns in layered sal...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/straight-tal...

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