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2009-09-19 07:20:00

This summer's melt of Arctic sea ice might not have been quite as bad as the past two years, but satellite images reveal that it has now had the third biggest melt in 30 years, according to U.S. government scientists. The announcement was made on Thursday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which reported that the Arctic sea ice pack had reached its yearly minimum just last Saturday. It will not begin to grow again until fall begins. As of last Saturday, the sea ice only covered...

2009-09-17 15:19:40

CU-Boulder's Snow and Ice Data Center analysis shows negative summertime ice trend continues The Arctic sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the third-lowest recorded since satellites began measuring sea ice extent in 1979, according to the University of Colorado at Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center. While this year's September minimum extent was greater than each of the past two record-setting and near-record-setting low years, it is still...

2009-07-07 13:26:00

WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arctic sea ice thinned dramatically between the winters of 2004 and 2008, with thin seasonal ice replacing thick older ice as the dominant type for the first time on record. The new results, based on data from a NASA Earth-orbiting spacecraft, provide further evidence for the rapid, ongoing transformation of the Arctic's ice cover. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists from NASA and the University of...

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2009-07-07 14:20:00

Arctic sea ice thinned dramatically between the winters of 2004 and 2008, with thin seasonal ice replacing thick older ice as the dominant type for the first time on record. The new results, based on data from a NASA Earth-orbiting spacecraft, provide further evidence for the rapid, ongoing transformation of the Arctic's ice cover. Scientists from NASA and the University of Washington in Seattle conducted the most comprehensive survey to date using observations from NASA's Ice, Cloud and land...

2009-04-06 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The latest Arctic sea ice data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center show that the decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice cover is continuing. New evidence from satellite observations also shows that the ice cap is thinning as well. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Arctic sea ice works like an air conditioner for the global climate system. Ice naturally cools air and water masses, plays a key role in...

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2009-04-06 11:35:00

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center say that the decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice cover in the Arctic is continuing and new evidence suggests that the ice cap is thinning as well. Arctic sea ice naturally cools air and water masses and plays an important role in ocean circulation as well as reflecting solar radiation back into space. However, Arctic sea ice has been declining at a staggering rate in recent years. Satellite monitoring of Arctic sea ice showed that this winter...

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2009-02-06 12:45:00

A U.S. advisory panel on Thursday urged a ban on commercial fishing across a wide swath of the Arctic Sea off the Alaskan coast, in a pre-emptive measure against the effects of climate change. Proponents of the measure said it was the firs time the U.S. had acted to close a fishery as a result of climate change instead of in reaction to overfishing, Reuters reported. "Global climate change is making everyone think differently up here and making them understand that precautionary approaches...

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2008-05-14 14:50:00

Officials said Wednesday that the Interior Department is accepting the recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. The department made its decision after citing studies by its own scientists that the decline of Arctic sea ice off Alaska and Canada could result in two-thirds of the polar bears disappearing by mid-century. The decision...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

Arctic ice has reformed rapidly this winter after a record summer low, but it still covers less of the Arctic Ocean than it did in previous decades, NASA scientists announced today in an update of the states of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice. March is the month where Arctic sea ice traditionally hits its highest extent after the Northern Hemisphere winter and Antarctic sea ice reaches its lowest extent. NASA satellites have monitored sea ice coverage over both poles for nearly 40...

2008-03-05 13:30:29

Scientists recently developed a new modeling approach to estimate sea ice thickness. This is the only model based entirely on historical observations. The model was developed by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Using this new technique, the thickness of Arctic sea ice was estimated from 1982 to 2003. Results showed that average ice thickness and total ice volume fluctuated together during the early study period, peaking in the late 1980s...


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