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Researchers Predict Sea Ice-Free Arctic Summers By 2050
2013-04-13 08:18:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The question of ice-free summers in the Arctic, for most scientists, is not "if," but "when." A new study by two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists says that "when" is coming sooner than many thought. Already, the Arctic has experienced a loss of thick, multi-year ice, with last September´s extent being less than half the average of 1979-2000. The scientists, James Overland...

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...

Warming Oceans May Be Driving Sea-Ice Expansion In Antarctica
2013-04-01 07:07:28

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A growing number of studies have pegged global warming and climate change as a cause of sea-ice decline in recent decades. However, a newly published study in the journal Nature Geoscience is showing a vastly different scenario. According to researchers at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), ocean warming may actually be driving sea-ice expansion in the Antarctic. While sea ice at the North Pole has shrunk...

Loss Of Arctic Ice May Be Cause Of This Chilly Spring
2013-03-27 14:31:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you been experiencing the coldest spring weather in recent memory? It´s probably because of global warming. According to climate scientists, warmer than average temperatures have thrown a monkey wrench into global weather patterns by melting Arctic sea ice at record rates during the summer months. "Ironically ... as the ice pack retreats and the Arctic heats up, there's a counteracting tendency in middle latitudes for colder...

NASA Operation IceBridge 2013 Getting Ready For New Season
2013-03-21 19:01:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA has kickstarted another season of science flights over Greenland to perform research activity with Arctic ice sheets and sea ice. Operation IceBridge scientists will be flying a specially equipped P-3B research aircraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to carry out land and sea ice surveys in and around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean through early May. NASA started the Operation IceBridge campaign in 2009...

Climate Change Affecting Polar Bears, Only Those With The Most Fat Thrive
2013-03-20 14:36:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recent climate induced changes to Arctic polar bears´ environment is affecting their habits and ability to survive, with the bears having to rely more and more on internal fat reserves, according to a new paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The bears are having particular difficulty adjusting to the shifting sea ice dynamics. In the past, sea ice has remained throughout the Arctic summer months, but now it is almost...

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...

Ice Loss Not Due To 2012 Arctic Cyclone
2013-01-31 20:18:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers are disputing the theory that the culprit behind the historic sea ice minimum was "The Great Arctic Cyclone of August 2012." Writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, University of Washington researchers found that the freak summer storm was actually not solely responsible for 2012's record low for Arctic sea ice, but that other factors were in play. Jinlun Zhang, lead author of the paper, and...

Arctic Melt Ponds Are Forcing Rapid Sea Ice Loss
2013-01-18 15:16:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Melt ponds, a favorite phenomenon among arctic photographers, are turquoise or dark blue pools of water that appear on ice floes during the Arctic summer. According to a new report in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have been observing more and more melt ponds atop one-year ice floes, instead of meter-thick, multi-year ice that used to dominate, even during the warmest months in the...


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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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