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2009-10-07 09:22:56

U.S. satellite measurements show Arctic sea ice extent in 2009 "“ the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by floating ice "“ was the third lowest since satellite measurements were first made in 1979. The ice area at minimum was an increase from the past two years, but still well below the average for the past 30 years. Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent around September 12. According to scientists affiliated with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), sea ice coverage...

2009-10-06 14:24:10

Remains On Downward Trend Despite a slight recovery in summer Arctic sea ice in 2009 from record-setting low years in 2007 and 2008, the sea ice extent remains significantly below previous years and remains on a trend leading toward ice-free Arctic summers, according to the University of Colorado at Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center. According to the CU-Boulder center, the 2009 minimum sea ice extent was the third lowest since satellite record-keeping began in 1979. The past five...

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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...

2009-09-10 13:00:00

U.S.-led scientists conducting an ecosystem study of arctic warming say they've determined the arctic, as we know it, might soon be a thing of the past. The international team, led by Penn State University Associate Professor Eric Post, carried out studies of the biological response to arctic warming during the fourth International Polar Year that ended in 2008 and documented a wide range of responses by plants, birds, animals, insects and humans living in the region. Post said his team...

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2009-09-02 13:15:49

Arctic thawing is likely to result in worldwide consequences - from an increase in greenhouse gases and global weather pattern changes, according to a WWF report on Wednesday. The World Wildlife Fund released a new study, titled "Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications," Wednesday that found that Arctic ice is shrinking at a much quicker pace than previously expected. The thawing Arctic is likely to have far-reaching implications that will affect hundreds of millions of people, WWF...

2009-09-02 08:45:05

U.S. scientists using satellite data and records from cold war submarine missions have found Arctic Ocean ice thickness has declined 53 percent since 1980. This summer, a group of U.S. and Canadian scientists and students set out from Resolute Bay, Canada, to check the Arctic Ocean ice. One of the scientists was Ron Kwok of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Kwok, the space agency said, has long provided checkups on the health of arctic sea ice -- the frozen sea water floating within the...

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...

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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...