Tag Archives: Sea Ice

Scientific challenges in the Arctic: Open water


As the ice melts, fresh obstacles confront Arctic researchers. Published online 12 October 2011 | Nature 478, 174-177 (2011) | doi:10.1038/478174a Last month, US researchers took a 4,000-tonne gamble when they steered the Marcus G. Langseth through the Bering Strait and … Continue reading

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Special issue on the Arctic: After the ice


As the Arctic thaws, can science help to chart a sustainable path for the north? Published online 12 October 2011 | Nature 478, 171 (2011) | doi:10.1038/478171a Last winter, parts of the Canadian Arctic basked in record-breaking warmth. In the town … Continue reading

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Arctic Sea Ice September 2011


As of 4 Oct. 2011 the data coming from IJIS shows that the 2011 September Arctic sea ice was the second lowest on record, slightly above the record low for 2007. Figure 5 shows the daily extent, figure 6 shows … Continue reading

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The Arctic’s near-record sea ice low – big picture


A view from space of Arctic sea ice at a near record low this month. Scientists in Germany, who use a different methodology, said 2011 was a record low See also: Melting ice is Earth’s warning signal – and we … Continue reading

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Arctic sea ice is melting at its fastest pace in almost 40 years


The Northwest Passage was, again, free of ice this summer and the polar region could be unfrozen in just 30 years   Arctic sea ice has melted to a level not recorded since satellite observations started in 1972 – and … Continue reading

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The ‘other’ Arctic sea ice melt


Reports focus on the possibility a record minimum for Arctic sea ice in September, but a major loss during the early summer months is climatologically more important From the Guardian Environment Network, Dirk Notz, Friday 9 September 2011 “Well, it’s … Continue reading

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Arctic sea ice at record low for July


Arctic sea ice extent averaged for July 2011 reached the lowest level for the month in the 1979 to 2011 satellite record, even though the pace of ice loss slowed substantially during the last two weeks of July. Shipping routes … Continue reading

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