In this second part of the series about the Arctic I am talking with Jennifer Hynes about methane release in the Arctic and the exponential way it is accelerating. Since Jennifer has published two videos, Methane Monster 1 and 2, she is one of the Arctic and methane experts.
The last episode FTE21 in November 2017 has been about the melting Arctic Sea ice. Especially the volume had a record low in 2017. The melting leads to an increasing temperature of the water. The permafrost is thawing and the outgasing of huge methane deposits has begun.
Jennifer Hynes lives in Boulder Colorado. She is a climate researcher and the creator of two major climate change videos addressing escalating climate trends and particularly the methane hydrate situation in the Arctic. It’s still highly recommended to watch these introductions to abrupt climate change. Please refer to Methane Monster II – demise of the Arctic.
She is a highly trained IT professional with an emphasis on large data migrations and data trends analysis. And she has a deep and abiding interested in Tibetan Buddhism.
Her blog: jenniferhynes99.wordpress.com
With Jennifer Hynes I have already talked about tipping points in the 8th episode in March 2016 and about a Blue Ocean Event one year ago.
In 2017 Nick Breeze has published an interview with Shakhova and Semiletov. This time he concentrated on the subsea permafrost on the Siberian Arctic shelf. While permafrost and gas-hydrates are melting on the sea bed, Gas migration paths building in degrading permafrost acts like a Champagne cork.
One remarkable statement is:
„Emissions that are occurring right now are the result of a combined effect of natural and anthropogenic warming and they will be accelerated until warming is turned to cooling. Even after it happens, there is no mechanism to stop permafrost disintegration in the ESAS…“
“… pingos, which were formed by local accumulation of hydrate (ice) below the sediment surface in the past, and by methane migrating upwards through conduits. Pingos and similar structures can link to deep-rooted plumbing systems that allow thermogenic fluid migration from several-kilometers-deep sedimentary basins.
Paull et al. describe pingo-like-features on the Beaufort Sea Shelf, adding that a thermal pulse of more than 10 degrees Celsius is still propagating down into the submerged sediment and may be decomposing gas hydrate as well as permafrost. “
The Keeling Curve
2017: The Keeling Curve animation