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Journal: A simple question on climate change: heat of fusion of ice 4

Journal by Will.Woodhull

Google tells me that at the temperature of freezing, it takes 80 calories to melt one gram of water that remains at that same temperature. I think that's called the heat of fusion but my memories of high school science are more than 50 years old, and kind of rusty.

It should be easy to use this combined with current estimates on the amount of ice lost from Antarctica, Greenland, and glaciers to determine how much heat of global warming is being absorbed by melting ice. I'm guessing that this is a significant heat sink but I have not seen any articles about it. I don't trust my own research on this (haven't practiced sci-tech stuff since I retired and was never into climatology or this kind of physics).

So my questions for Slashdot readers: How much of the tapering off of measures of AGW is due to melting ice? Does the difference between the forecast global warming and the actual measures of the last decade provide another way to estimate the net retreat of glaciers? Can this be used as an alternate way of estimating sea level rise?

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Journal: First Entry

Journal by Will.Woodhull

I was active on Slashdot from June, 2002 to about a month ago as MysticGoat, account #582871.

I am continuing from this time forward with this account, under a nickname that is very close to my name in real life.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten