2011-07-23 13:18:21It's melting, It's melting!
Daniel Bailey
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Gripping video of Arctic sea ice melting away before your eyes

Posted on 23 July 2011 by Daniel Bailey

Every now and then I'm reminded of both the beauty of our natural world and the amazing ability of technology to bring that beauty into sharper focus.  As a species we have achieved wondrous things with our constructs, like sending researchers safely to the depths of the Marianas Trench and to the surface of the Moon (and back), and space probes to the other planets in our solar system and indeed to its very limits.

So it should come as no surprise to learn of the OBuoy Project, where real-time telemetry is used to bring both data and video from a buoy (UBuoy 2) moored in the Barents Sea north of Alaska to anyone with a web connection.  Scientists have even spliced images from the buoy into a spectacular movie for all to see:

Prospects for continued documention of the sea ice melt around the buoy seem to have dimmed somewhat lately, as video transmission has ceased and the temperature of its battery has spiked (suggesting that the buoy may have been swamped by ice).

H/T to Neven's Sea Ice blog contributor R. Gates, who alerted folks there as to the UBuoy Program and to another contributor at Neven's, Rob Dekker, who found the video and the evidence of the buoy's perhaps premature end.

2011-07-23 13:36:38Very cool
John Cook

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Thumbs up from me - short and simple!

2011-07-23 14:41:00
Rob Painting
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Very weird seeing the sun skip along the horizon like that. 

2011-07-23 14:57:41
Daniel Bailey
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Looks like the cam is now pointed straight up:

OBuoy2

2011-07-23 15:49:57
dana1981
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Cool video. Literally.
2011-07-23 16:57:02One suggested change
John Cook

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I agree with Joe Romm that rather than use clever, cryptic headlines like "Slip sliding away", we should use headlines that both say clearly what the article is about and also engage people, make them want to read it. Eg - think of what you would type in a Tweet to entice people to come look at this post. Something like "Gripping video of Arctic sea ice melting away before your eyes". Will get more people looking at our content and that's after all what our goal is.

2011-07-23 22:26:56Changed
Daniel Bailey
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If I am not coachable, then I am nothing...

:)

2011-07-23 22:36:16
logicman

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Daniel: I saw your comment over at Neven's and came straight here.

The two NOAA pole cams are also dancing around a bit - #2 just fell over backwards a bit more and #1 is holding on by the skin of its entirely metaphorical teeth.

http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery_np.html

 

John:  can you get this up live today?  What with the behavior of the NOAA cams this will be stale news very soon.

2011-07-24 08:15:30today
dana1981
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Yeah no reason we can't publish this today.  I'll post it shortly.

2011-07-24 12:39:29
Daniel Bailey
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Thanks, dana!