After the IPCC didn't provide a prediction of ice sheet fate in its Fourth Assessment Report due to a lack of data, the Department of Energy launched SEACISM (within the Ice Sheet Initiative for CLimate ExtremeS, or ISICLES
) to improve ice sheet dynamics in Earth system models.
Other squares record celebrated natural events, such as a meteor shower and an extreme cold snap when, Powers recounted, "isicles
[sic] formed from the breath of a mule." The square in the center of the bottom row features Betts, "the independent hog which ran 500 miles from Georgia to Virginia." Powers was highly imaginative and deeply religious.