Warm welcome for ice chamber that will help UEA scientists research Arctic’s response to climate change

An iceberg and its reflection in Disko Bay, Greenland. Photo: Ian Joughin/PA Wire An iceberg and its reflection in Disko Bay, Greenland. Photo: Ian Joughin/PA Wire

Monday, February 3, 2014
7:00 AM

Things could be about to get a little chilly at the University of East Anglia after scientists won two million euros in funding to build a sea ice chamber in a specially constructed cold room.

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The five-year research project is designed to predict how the Arctic will cope with global warming, and will reproduce the chemical exchanges between the ocean, sea ice, snow and the atmosphere in polar regions.

The ice chamber itself will measure two metres cubed, and the project will also use state-of-the-art computer models.

European commissioner for research, innovation and science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: “These researchers are doing ground-breaking work that will advance our knowledge and make a difference to society.”

The funding for the project, agreed today, comes from the European Research Council.

Lead researcher Prof Roland von Glasow, from UEA’s Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the School of Environmental Sciences, said: “The Arctic ocean is a vast expanse of sea ice. Most of it is covered with snow for about half of the year, but climate change has caused temperatures to rise more than anywhere else in the world over the last few decades.

“2012 saw record lows of snow and sea ice. Global environmental change of this nature is one of the greatest challenges facing society.

“We will focus on the links between melting sea ice and snow, and the changing chemistry of the troposphere – the lowest 10km of atmosphere. This is important because the troposphere is home to concentrations of greenhouse gases and aerosol particles which play key roles for our climate.”

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7 comments

  • What a shocking waste of money. How many old people would that money have kept warm.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • ".....will also use state-of-the-art computer models". Lets hope that this model is better than the one this useless institution used for the great global warming scam.

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    "V"

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Bring on the trolls.....

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I thought the phrase " Global warming " had been dropped in favour of " Climate change ". The former being too aggressive and that " Climate change " was actually the truth. Since this planets very beginning Climate change has been a natural event. " Global warming " was a very much man made monet making idea, Al Gore being its main spokesman, and has involved vast fortunes being made with scientifiic evidence being very selectively used by politicians and the media. All opposition to the idea of " Global Warming " has been effectively removed from the media. This costly experiment is a total waste of money and has no real purpose. But the Circus rolls on.

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    norman hall

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • "...I thought the phrase " Global warming " had been dropped in favour of " Climate change "...". No.....the term climate change predates the term global warming and they do not even mean the same thing. As for ... "...All opposition to the idea of " Global Warming " has been effectively removed from the media...."......you must live on a different planet ....never heard of the The Mail , Sunday Mail , Express , Sunday Express , Telegraph , Sunday Telegraph , The Times , The Sun the nut jobs of UKIP , ETC ETC all of whom pursue a relentless anti global warming agenda driven by right wing economic libertarians and vast amounts of money from fossil fuel companies ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • MORNING LARSON !. I haven't heard from you in a while. Your computer must have been repaired.

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    "V"

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • What a total waste of time and public money

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, February 3, 2014

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