Independent bloggers have found that by using the Pacific Marine Atlas program to plot data from the entire ocean network of automatic measuring stations, there is was actually a downtrend in global sea levels over the past six years.

The Hockey Schtick blog made it's astonishing discovery after analyzing the full 6-year dataset of ocean levels from January 31, 2004 to January 31, 2010.

By using the data from the 'ARGO' global network of sea level measurements it was found that ocean levels have actually been decreasing and not rising, contrary to global warming forecasters. This latest revelation is wholly contrary to claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC has continually argued that human emissions of carbon dioxide were causing the polar ice caps and thousands of glaciers around the world to melt so that such warming would cause global sea levels to rise, according to the IPCC's 35 SRES scenarios, by up to 0.5 meters (18 inches) this century.

These new revelations are bound to cause further dismay to climate alarmists reeling after a flood of scandals suggesting either corruption or incompetence by the IPCC in gathering climate data and projecting future trends.

The 'ARGO' project was set up in 2004 and is a collaboration between 50 research and operational agencies from 26 countries, with the United States contributing over half the total funding (as of December 2004). ARGO is a component of the Integrated Ocean Observing System and consists of a large collection of small, drifting oceanic robotic probes deployed worldwide. The data are transmitted to scientists on shore via satellite. There have been 3,198 of such probes set around the world's oceans since November 2007.

The probes float as deep as 2 km ( 1.2 miles). Once every 10 days, the probes surface, measuring conductivity and temperature profiles to the surface. From these salinity and density can also be calculated. The data collected are freely available to everyone, without restrictions.

Further information about the ARGO Project may be found in this PDF.