Petermann Ice Island (2010) - The Mörner Version

The world of climate science according to wishful thinkers.

I was raised at the seaside.  I lived through the 1953 floods which resulted from the North Sea storm surge.

Nils-Axel Mörner seems to have visited the seaside once or twice.

... if there is one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. And the uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.

Despite fluctuations down as well as up, "the sea is not rising," he says. "It hasn't risen in 50 years."
ipse dixit

Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International
Commission on Sea Level Change. Wow!  Impressive!  He must be a real top expert on sea-level.
Dr Morner was, quite some time ago, president of one of INQUA’s commissions, indeed, the commission on sea-level changes. That commission no longer exists, as such, but is now part of our Commission on Coastal and Marine Processes. Dr Morner’s views concerning sea-level change are his own and are not endorsed by the current Executive Committee of INQUA, nor have previous INQUA Executive Committees endorsed Dr Morner’s views. On several occasions INQUA has requested of Dr Morner that he not inadvertently represent his views on sea-level change as if they have some connection with INQUA.

Preaching to the choir at, Nils-Axel Morner has a new twist on the Petermann story.

Morner, like so many of the professional obstructers of action against the perils of climate change is a member, or a friend of members of the Heartland Institute.

Nils-Axel Morner the well known dowsing sea-level expert has turned his climate science expertise towards Petermann Ice Island (2010):

Aug 13, 2010
Morner to PSU&Congress: No “huge rise in sea level” to foresee: Observations Rules Out Modelling

By Nils-Axel Morner

Icecap Note:

Last week another alarmist story appeared in the Guardian quoting Richard Alley, professor at the once great Penn State University in which it reported on the natural calving of a large chink of the Petermann glacier in Greenland. They noted “Greenland shed its largest chunk of ice in nearly half a century last week, and faces an even grimmer future, according to Richard Alley, a geosciences professor at Pennsylvania State University.

“Sometime in the next decade we may pass that tipping point which would put us warmer than temperatures that Greenland can survive,” Alley told a briefing in Congress, adding that a rise in the range of 2-7 C would mean the obliteration of Greenland’s ice sheet.”

We asked a real expert on sea level, Nils-Axel Morner to comment. Here is what he had to say:
No “huge rise in sea level” to foresee: Observation rules out modelling ...
No “huge rise in sea level” to foresee - ipse dixit.

You've read the story abstract here, and for all I know you may have wasted valuable time laughing at the drivel posted on ICECAP - it's no skin off my nose.

Regarding the science according to Nils-Axel Morner: well, what's up with that?

The article purports to be written by Nils-Axel Morner but includes the words "We asked a real expert on sea level, Nils-Axel Morner to comment."  So which of the many members of the climate change denial machine really wrote it?  Or has Nils-Axel Morner been cloned? ( shudder )

A floating ice tongue floats.  It calves a huge chunk of ice that floats.

But we don't understand the impact on sea levels until the great sea-level guru Nils
explains it to us.

Nils-Axel Morner has friends in low circles.  They will tell any lie, attack any reputation, cherry-pick or even fabricate any data if it will delay action on climate change which might erode their personal wealth.

They would much prefer to erode public trust in the international climate science community - a community which is trying its very best to alert politicians in every country of the need for urgent action on climate change.


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