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Arctic Ice And The Voyage Of The Titanic

Arctic Ice And The Voyage Of The Titanic

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One hundred and two years ago this week, the Titanic set off on its fateful maiden voyage from the United Kingdom. Coinciding with that anniversary is a new report from British researchers who...

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New Twist On Arctic Melt Revealed By River Ice
2014-04-04 09:32:47

Simon Fraser University A new study led by Lance Lesack, a Simon Fraser University geographer and Faculty of Environment professor, has discovered unexpected climate-driven changes in the mighty Mackenzie River’s ice breakup. This discovery may help resolve the complex puzzle underlying why Arctic ice is disappearing more rapidly than expected. Lesack is the lead author on Local spring warming drives earlier river-ice breakup in a large Arctic delta. Published recently in Geophysical...

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...

NASA P-3 airplane
2014-03-13 05:43:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists working on NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission are en route to Greenland to kick off this year’s Arctic land and sea ice data collection efforts, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday. On Monday, the researchers departed from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia on board the agency’s P-3 research aircraft. They will be collecting and reporting valuable information on rapidly...

2014-03-12 12:20:43

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The mission, known as Operation IceBridge, is to gather data on changes to polar ice and maintain continuity of measurements between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation...

Warm Rivers Play A Role In Arctic Sea Ice Melt
2014-03-06 06:32:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from NASA researchers, warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean are adding to the melting of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean each summer. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers reported on an abrupt inflow of warm river water into the Arctic Ocean that swiftly warmed the top layers in the sea, fueling the melting of summer ice. “River discharge is a key factor contributing...

Arctic Sea Ice Trends
2014-03-05 08:10:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research from the University College London, the melt season across the Arctic is getting longer by five days every ten years. Julienne Stroeve, Professor of Polar Observation and Modeling at UCL Earth Sciences, led the team in analyzing satellite data. The analysis, published in Geophysical Research Letters, revealed that the Arctic Ocean is absorbing even more of the sun’s energy in summer, leading to an even...

Antarctic ice shelf
2014-03-03 05:04:27

McGill University In the mid-1970s, the first available satellite images of Antarctica during the polar winter revealed a huge ice-free region within the ice pack of the Weddell Sea. This ice-free region, or polynya, stayed open for three full winters before it closed. Subsequent research showed that the opening was maintained as relatively warm waters churned upward from kilometers below the ocean's surface and released heat from the ocean's deepest reaches. But the polynya -- which...

Adelies Ross Sea ice floes
2014-02-27 05:21:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns. According to a new paper funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), these ice-free periods affect the life cycles of both predators and prey. The research...

CERES Satellite Data Paint A Grim Picture Of Arctic Surface Darkening
2014-02-19 07:03:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earth’s reflectivity (albedo) is on a much faster decline than previously estimated due to the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. A key instrument incorporated on several NASA satellites has revealed significant data on this profoundly concerning issue. A team of researchers from University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography used data from the Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES),...

Arctic Biome Under Extreme Threat From A Changing Climate
2014-02-14 10:55:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Arctic as we know it may not exist as climate change is threatening the polar biome’s unique biodiversity and landscape, according to a new report from a large international team of scientists. Conducted by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) under the Arctic Council, an international forum of Arctic nations, the new study found that climate change could shrink Arctic ecosystems, as advancing changes move north and...


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Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

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