The Mathematics of Earth’s Magnetic Properties – What Will Change As Arctic Ice Melts?

Why do our kids today in high school and college need to learn about math and science? Well, in the future we will need these skills to helps us solve our most pressing challenges. Without a good basis and understanding in math, our young adults don’t have a chance in the sciences. Okay so let’s talk about math, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, Earth sciences, and cosmetology for a moment if we might?

Why should we study other planets, moons, and celestial bodies in our solar system? Because we can learn a lot about their systems and thus, have greater understanding of our own, how life has evolved and how it all works. Let me give you a for instance because not long ago, I was speaking to an individual that said we should be spending more money helping the downtrodden and homeless around the world and indeed in our own country and spending less on space exploration and NASA. I guess you figured out I completely disagree.

You see, what we learn in science today will help us to feed the over 7 billion people in the world, help us build better habitats, materials, and establish better health care strategies, not to mention energy, transportation and educational exploits. Now then for an example, something we’ve learned elsewhere and how this might help us with climate science here at home, and help us better understand through quantitative analysis of empirical data to build better modeling and computer simulation as to what is and will happen in the future here on Earth.

Europa has a rather strong magnetic signature, meaning it probably has a salt water ocean underneath all that water ice. When NASA sent a probe to fly by they had some interesting other readings and now scientists believe that Europa has 50-miles of ice, and underneath it all, a giant ocean; 3-times as much water as in on Earth. Wow, that’s impressive isn’t it?

Now then, the magnetic signature gave us clues to much of what we assume today as to the geological make-up of the moon, which is rather interesting, and it also should make us wonder how might the magnetic signature of Earth change when all that ice melts at the North Pole here due to our natural climate cycle changes over time?

The answer has to be yes, and yet, if we were to ask ourselves the ratio, and the change to be expected would we even have an accurate answer, and what might we compare our best guestimate against? More information please, but first we are going to need some very smart scientists with a hell of a lot of mathematical experience under their belts. Please consider all this and think on it.