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NASA Scientists Watching Studying Arctic Changes This Summer

NASA Scientists Watching, Studying Arctic Changes This Summer

Patrick Lynch, NASA’s Earth Science News Team As we near the final month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists are watching the annual seasonal melting of the Arctic sea ice cover. The floating, frozen cap that stretches...

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Snow on top of sea ice
2014-08-14 03:30:55

George Hale, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Over the past few decades, Arctic sea ice has been retreating, and although research shows a downward trend in snow on land in the Arctic, long-term measurements of snow depth on sea ice have been less clear. But now, new research using data from NASA's Operation IceBridge shows that snow depth on Arctic sea ice has been decreasing over the past several decades, a trend largely owing to later sea ice freeze-up dates in the Arctic. Arctic...

NASA IceBridge Wraps Up Arctic Field Campaign
2014-05-29 03:43:26

By George Hale, NASA Starting With Sea Ice IceBridge's campaign began on Mar. 10 when NASA's P-3 research aircraft left Wallops for Thule. For the first part of the campaign, researchers studied Arctic sea ice from Thule and Fairbanks, Alaska. Early in each campaign IceBridge spends a week in Alaska to survey sea ice north of Alaska. In addition, researchers study sea ice conditions across the entire Arctic Basin traveling from Thule to Fairbanks and back. IceBridge's sea ice...

Arctic sea ice pack
2014-03-30 03:02:43

National Snow and Ice Data Center Will next year’s summer Arctic ice extent be high or low? Can ship captains plan on navigating the famed Northwest Passage — a direct shipping route from Europe to Asia across the Arctic Ocean — to save on time and fuel? A new study says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), University College London, University of New Hampshire and University...

Arctic Ice Improving
2013-12-16 15:27:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) CryoSat satellite has delivered some good news about the Arctic sea ice this fall. New measurements taken by CryoSat show the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this fall, rising by about 50 percent compared to last year. Satellites have been showing a downward trend in the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice over the past few decades, so the latest measurements are much welcomed news....

Retreating Arctic Ice To Blame For Bad British Weather
2013-10-29 11:43:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Britons never seem to get a break from bad weather, and now one scientist believes he may have found a culprit to point the finger at: retreating Arctic sea ice. According to a new study from the University of Exeter’s James Screen that was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the run of wet summers that hit northwest Europe between 2007 and 2012 was partially due to the loss of Arctic sea ice that shifted the jet...

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum For 2013 Sixth Lowest On Record
2013-09-23 07:44:57

[ Watch The Video: 2013 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Animation ] NASA After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on Sept. 13, the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has reported. Analysis of satellite data by NSIDC and NASA showed that the sea ice extent shrunk to 1.97 million square miles (5.10 million square kilometers). This...

Arctic Sea Ice Political Controversy
2013-09-09 10:50:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Instead of providing a sneak-peek into cutting-edge climate research, a recently leaked UN report on Arctic sea ice has mostly provided insight into the political divide surrounding the contentious issue of global warming. Two of the UK’s supposedly more conservative periodicals, the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, seized on the leaked report’s finding that Arctic sea ice was 60 percent larger in August 2013 compared to August 2012....

2013-07-10 14:23:46

New research by UM bioclimatology Assistant Professor Ashley Ballantyne models the influence of Arctic sea ice on Arctic temperatures during the Pliocene era. His research was published in the Research Highlight section of the July issue of Nature Geoscience. The full paper will be published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology: An International Journal for the Geosciences. Ballantyne and coauthors from Northwestern University, the University of Colorado and the National...

Arctic Ice Cover Continues To Shrink
2013-04-04 08:52:02

[ Watch the Video: An Interesting Year for Arctic Sea Ice ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Arctic Ocean's ice cover shrank to its lowest extent on record last September at the end of the northern hemisphere summer. This continues a long-term trend diminishing the ice to about half the size of the average summertime extent from 1979 to 2000. The sea ice refreezes during the cold and dark Arctic winter, achieving its maximum extent usually in late February or...

CryoSat-2 Shows Arctic On Thin Ice
2013-02-13 19:23:12

[ Watch the Video: Arctic Sea Ice Changes 2011-2012 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New observations using satellites have confirmed University of Washington researchers' analysis the Arctic Ocean sea ice really is thinning. A team combined new satellite observations, along with a model created by University of Washington researchers, to confirm the summer minimum in Arctic sea ice is one-fifth of what it was back in 1980, when the model started. The...


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