And here is the proof! Even Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones have missed this one. Yes, you saw it here first!
Now is that sinister or what!
OK – it’s HIPPO.
HIPPO (Hiaper Pole-to-Pole Observations), is an acronym for a special atmospheric measurement project using a modified Gulfstream V jet aircraft. The plane, operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, is instrumented with a wide range of equipment to measure atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases like CO2, flying from the North Pole to the South Pole. The data gathered by the aircraft will be used to improve computer models that predict future climate change. A number of ground-based measurement programmes, including the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry group’s activities at the University of Wollongong, are also recording the concentrations of greenhouse gases from the ground, so the overflight of the HIPPO aircraft is an important calibration procedure for the aircraft and ground station measurements.
That flight was recorded in May 2010.
It does seem that despite being – or perhaps because being – Carbon Central, The Gong is a very active centre of climate research.
coal mining monument outside Wollongong Library
Just lately too the region has been getting a lot of attention. The Climate Commission has just released a climate change impact statement for the Illawarra and NSW south coast. See stories in The Illawarra Mercury: Floods, fire threaten region, say experts; Tim Flannery urges sceptics to go to climate experts; Illawarra well placed for wind-driven future. I see most of the reader comment has come from climate Panglossians. (The term "panglossianism" describes baseless optimism of the sort exemplified by the beliefs of Pangloss from Voltaire’s Candide.) This is typical but better than most.
Gees, don’t these boffins look out the window? And of course we get bush fires in the area, we’re in a high bush fire zone. It’s happened before and it will happen again. Same with those areas of the Gong that are flood prone, hence look out the window. We’ve had extreme drought and extreme rainfall. You don’t have to be a boffin to understand this. Once again I point out to Mr Flannery, that around Burrill Lake, historic information plaques point out the sea shore was 3K out to sea 6,000 years ago. Does someone actually pay them for this?
That’s what I’d call unreflective common sense. The writer has almost certainly not attended to any coherent scientific account of climate change, of which there are legion in a vast array of media from books to web resources to documentaries.
Wollongong-related, and going way back… I just find this next one really interesting, but the fact is this science has interested me since about the age of seven or eight when I had a geologist neighbour!
Back in the present: 2000-2009: The Warmest Decade — Long-Term Rise in Global Temperature Unabated. However, very recently: NOAA study: Increase in particles high in Earth’s atmosphere has offset some recent climate warming. Do note the modest phrasing there – “some”, meaning the trend upwards goes on nonetheless. However, it may be paradoxical to think that if we had a lot more really filthy coal-fired power stations – brown coal would do best – we might have a way to slow the rate of global warming, as long as we didn’t mind the disadvantages of all that sulphur. And look too at Michaels Mischief #1: Continued Warming and Aerosols for answers to someone who has made rather too much of the “it’s really cooling” furphy.
Patiently awaiting sea level rise – remnant wetlands, Wollongong Golf Course
Even I can remember fifty to sixty years back when this was swamp, sand hills and Tom Thumb’s Lagoon.
This is a shade before my time: