According to new research presented at the XXV International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly in Melbourne, Australia, rising temperatures in the Arctic have led to an increase in the amount of rainfall, and thus, a decrease in the amount of snowfall.
NASA satellite imagery shows us just how much sea ice is being lost compared to the average in the Arctic.
“Lots of people think of the Arctic as just a flat expanse of white. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are all sorts of cracks (leads) and mountains (ridges), similar to tectonic plates. The ice below is constantly moving via the winds and currents, and those forces acting on each piece of ice makes for a very dramatic seascape”
The seven lowest maximum Arctic sea ice extent measurements have all taken place in the last seven years, and 2011 is no different, according to the most recent satellite measurements … [Read full article]
Scientists believe that the more severe winters suffered by the UK over the past few years are a result of disappearing ice in the Arctic sea. A reduction in sea ice, they explain, could be the reason for the colder winters, which up until recently have been insulating temperature changes in the sea from the atmosphere.