Scientists measure sea ice melting rate in Arctic

Scientists measure sea ice melting rate in Arctic

November 09, 2022

Researchers are talking about a possible transition to a new dynamic state of the climate system.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Over the past 20 years, sea ice in the Arctic has been shrinking twice faster. This is stated in the study by climatologists from the Geography Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which was published in the Atmosphere magazine.

Scientists compared the rate of ice melt in the Arctic seas over two 20-year periods – from 2000 to 2019 and from 1979 to 1999. Researchers believe that the acceleration of ice melt in the Arctic is one of the most striking manifestations of climate change on the planet.

Comparing two 20-year periods, they found that winter Arctic ice loss in the Barents sea has more than doubled. In summer and autumn, the most significant changes were recorded in the Laptev and Beaufort seas, in the inner part of the Arctic Ocean south of 80 degrees north latitude, in the Kara sea and in the northwestern straits.

Experts believe that the Arctic sea ice accelerated melting may happen due to greenhouse gases increase. The process can also show a transition to a new dynamic state of the climate system, in which the transfer of heat from the ocean and atmosphere to the Arctic increases, and positive feedback is activated in the climate device.

Earlier, we also reported that Nornickel will release the first public report on climate change.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

November 09, 2022

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