Arctic Ocean Ice drops below 2005 level

Posted on August 29, 2008. Filed under: Science & Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Arctic Ice Cap

Arctic Ice Cap

Arctic Ocean

sea ice has melted to the second lowest minimum since satellite observations begun. Sea ice melt recorded exceeded the low record in 2005 according to the scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre. With several weeks left in summer, the melt has a chance to diminish below the record set last year. Christopher Krenz, arctic project manager for Oceana said “It is an unfortunate sign that climate change is coming rapidly to the Arctic and that we really need to address the issue of global warming on a national level.”

 

 

 

 

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre based at the University of Colorado reported the ice melted below the 2005 minimum of 2.05 million square miles set on 21, September 2005. In early August 2005, the decline began to slow however this time the pace has remained steady. The most recent ice retreat primarily reflects melt in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast and the east Siberian Seas off the coast of eastern Russia.

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