NOAA Artic Warming Annual Update

Record Winter Ice Loss in Bering Sea

Courtesy NOAA

Innovation Technology Detailing Melt from Space and on the Surface
Declining Arctic sea ice and rapidly changing climate.  These are the key findings of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration  Annual report on the impact of climate change on the Arctic.  NOAA is using highly innovative and advanced technology to track, measure and provide perspective on the melt.  The technology includes NOAA polar-orbiting satellites flying over and documenting the polar region 28 times a day. And unmanned tech collecting data on the surface and monitoring conditions 24/7 over long periods of time.

Key Findings
This report contains the research and analysis of 81 scientists from 12 nations working for governments and universities.  The key findings include:
  • Lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea
  • Second lowest overall sea ice in the Arctic on record
  • Second warmest air temperatures ever recorded in the Arctic
  • Earlier plankton blooms because of melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea

The map shows the age of sea ice in the Arctic ice pack in March 1985 (left) and March 2018 (right).  The map documents that climate change in the Arctic is dramatic.  The report measures the rapidly changing climate of the polar region including warmer air and ocean temperatures, declines in sea ice and the impact on wildlife.


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