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New research special - satellite measurement papers 2010-2011

Posted on 24 July 2012 by Ari Jokimäki

New research from last week series started in Skeptical Science at the beginning of 2012. Before this the series had been running for a year and a half in AGW Observer blog. Now, as new research series is having a summer break, we take a peek back to 2010 and 2011 papers in the series. We have four different posts that all contain all the papers included in the new research series during 2010 and 2011 on certain subject.

Subject of the week is satellite measurements. It's good to have theories and climate model simulations, but I'm far more interested in observations, because they tell what's happening in the real world. In different places of the Earth climate can be very different and change to different directions. Therefore we need to have global observations in order to know which direction the global climate is changing. Many places in Earth are difficult to observe in place, so we need remote sensing. Of remote sensing methods, satellite measurements are perhaps the most important in the context of Earth's climate. Below you will find all satellite measurement papers that were included in the new research series during 2010 and 2011 (except those that were included to other posts in this special series).

Temperature and other climate paramaters

Derivation of Birmingham's summer surface urban heat island from MODIS satellite images - Tomlinson et al. (2010)

Space observations of inland water bodies show rapid surface warming since 1985 - Schneider & Hook (2010)

Evidence for a weakening of tropical surface wind extremes in response to atmospheric warming - Gastineau & Soden (2011)

Atmospheric Climate Change Detection by Radio Occultation Data Using a Fingerprinting Method - Lackner et al. (2011)

Satellite Finds Highest Land Skin Temperatures on Earth - Mildrexler et al. (2011)

Deep ocean warming assessed from altimeters, Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, in situ measurements, and a non-Boussinesq ocean general circulation model - Song & Colberg (2011)

Characteristics and trends in various forms of the Palmer Drought Severity Index during 1900–2008 - Dai (2011)

Poleward Shift of Subtropical Jets Inferred from Satellite-observed Lower Stratospheric Temperatures - Fu & Lin (2011)

Separating signal and noise in atmospheric temperature changes: The importance of timescale - Santer et al. (2011)

Uncertainty of the stratospheric/tropospheric temperature trends in 1979–2008: multiple satellite MSU, radiosonde, and reanalysis datasets - Xu & Powell (2011)

On the warming in the tropical upper troposphere: Models versus observations - Fu et al. (2011)

A multi-diagnostic intercomparison of tropical width time series using reanalyses and satellite observations - Davis & Rosenlof (2011)


Satellite-based high latitude snow volume trend, variability and contribution to sea level over 1989/2006 - Biancamaria et al. (2010)

Acceleration and spatial rheology of Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula - Khazendar et al. (2011)

Melting trends over the Greenland ice sheet (1958–2009) from spaceborne microwave data and regional climate models - Fettweis et al. (2011)

Multi-decadal mass loss of glaciers in the Everest area (Nepal Himalaya) derived from stereo imagery - Bolch et al. (2011)

Greenland ice sheet mass balance: distribution of increased mass loss with climate warming; 2003-07 versus 1992-2002 - Zwally et al. (2011)

Mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet (2003–2008) from ICESat data – the impact of interpolation, sampling and firn density - Sørensen et al. (2011)

Sudden increase in Antarctic sea ice: Fact or artifact? - Screen (2011)

Landsat TM and ETM+ derived snowline altitudes in the Cordillera Huayhuash and Cordillera Raura, Peru, 1986–2005 - McFadden et al. (2011)

On the Arctic Ocean ice thickness response to changes in the external forcing - Stranne & Björk (2011)

Utility of late summer transient snowline migration rate on Taku Glacier, Alaska - Pelto (2011)

Trends in Arctic sea ice drift and role of wind forcing: 1992–2009 - Spreen et al. (2011)

Uncertainty in modeled Arctic sea ice volume - Schweiger et al. (2011)

Greenland ice sheet surface melt extent and trends: 1960-2010 - Mernild et al. (2011)

Multi-decadal retreat of Greenland's marine-terminating glaciers - Howat & Eddy (2011)

An analysis of snow cover changes in the Himalayan region using MODIS snow products and in-situ temperature data - Maskey et al. (2011)


Sea-level fingerprint of continental water and ice mass change from GRACE - Riva et al. (2010)

Recent trends of the tropical hydrological cycle inferred from Global Precipitation Climatology Project and International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project data - Zhou et al. (2011)

Monitoring lake level changes on the Tibetan Plateau using ICESat altimetry data (2003–2009) - Zhang et al. (2011)

Shrinking lakes of the Arctic: Spatial relationships and trajectory of change - Carroll et al. (2011)

Temporal and spatial variability of Great Lakes ice cover, 1973–2010 - Wang et al. (2011)

A Shift in Western Tropical Pacific Sea Level Trends during the 1990s - Merrifield (2011)

Fast draining lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet - Selmes et al. (2011)


Changes in satellite-derived vegetation growth trend in temperate and boreal Eurasia from 1982 to 2006 - Piao et al. (2011)

First observations of global and seasonal terrestrial chlorophyll fluorescence from space - Joiner et al. (2011)

Fertilization potential of volcanic dust in the low-nutrient low-chlorophyll western North Pacific subtropical gyre: Satellite evidence and laboratory study - Lin et al. (2011)

Near-ubiquity of ice-edge blooms in the Arctic - Perrette et al. (2011)

Phenology shifts at start vs. end of growing season in temperate vegetation over the Northern Hemisphere for the period 1982–2008 - Jeong et al. (2011)

Recent change of vegetation growth trend in China - Peng et al. (2011)

Recent changes in phenology over the northern high latitudes detected from multi-satellite data - Zeng et al. (2011)

Browning boreal forests of western North America - Verbyla (2011)

Trend changes in global greening and browning: contribution of short-term trends to longer-term change - de Jong et al. (2011)

Secular trends in Arctic Ocean net primary production - Arrigo & van Dijken (2011)

The response of Arctic vegetation to the summer climate: relation between shrub cover, NDVI, surface albedo and temperature - Blok et al. (2011)

Atmospheric gases and aerosols

Reduction of aerosol absorption in Beijing since 2007 from MODIS and AERONET - Lyapustin et al. (2011)

Three decades of intersatellite-calibrated High-Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder upper tropospheric water vapor - Shi & Bates (2011)

Arctic winter 2010/2011 at the brink of an ozone hole - Sinnhuber et al. (2011)

Long-Term Trends Of Total Ozone Column Over The Iberian Peninsula For The Period 1979-2008 - Antón et al. (2011)

Other issues

GRACE era secular trends in Earth rotation parameters: A global scale impact of the global warming process? - Roy & Peltier (2011)

Recent changes in the Earth's oblateness driven by Greenland and Antarctic ice mass loss - Nerem & Wahr (2011)

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  1. Ari, you're the bomb.
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  2. indeed, but how fast is the height of the dome falling? Greenland Ice Melt, Measured By NASA Satellites, Reaches Unprecedented Level
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  3. Paul, I dont know. It might not be falling at all (depends on amount of winter accumulation) but do you expect much change? The GRACE maps of mass loss show most of the losses around the edges (as you would expect).
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  4. Note also that the Sorenson paper linked in the Cryosphere list uses altimetry for ice change. Dome is positive is anything.
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  5. Record Greenland Ice Melt
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    Moderator Response: [RH] In the future you should try to include more context rather than post a link only comment.
  6. Re: Record Greenland Ice Melt To be fair, it should be highlighted that this seems to be a cyclical thing (why?) which they also mention in the article itself, so the event as such is not that interesting. What is interesting is, what has caused it, and will the trend change. Maybe this is linked to what the Mernild et al. (2011)-paper describes?
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  7. ModResponse@5: Sorry, I was just showing off my *mad skills* by hot linking the already-extant unhot link in Comment 2...that's what I get for being helpful...;)
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