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Monday, October 17, 2016
Peter Sinclair: 2016 Arctic Sea Ice (new video!)
I included interviews here with David Barber, one of the truly important experts in the area, that I conducted on the first leg of this year’s crowd funded Dark Snow Field work, at a meeting in Lund, Sweden.
You’ll also see Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Important points: although this year did not set a new record low for sea ice minimum, the kind of ice loss we did see, and the mechanism of that loss, show that, even in a year when the months of greatest insolation, July and August, were not particularly conducive to melt, we can still see dramatic losses.
Also, important fun fact – although we generally assume that since the ice is melting, it automatically makes human endeavors in polar regions easier and safer. Not so.
Barber points out some counter-intuitive processes that make the Arctic more unpredictable, and at least for now, just as challenging if not more so than in the past.