Wednesday, December 11, 2013

US Navy Predicts Summer Ice Free Arctic by 2016

Greenpeace icebreaking ship, Arctic Sunrise, among broken floes of Arctic sea ice, photographed from the air. This image was taken in the Fram Strait, in the month that the sea ice coverage receded to the second lowest extent since records began. (Credit: Nick Cobbing) Click to enlarge.
Is conventional modeling out of pace with speed and abruptness of global warming?

An ongoing U.S. Department of Energy-backed research project led by a U.S. Navy scientist predicts that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice cover as early as 2016 - 84 years ahead of conventional model projections.

Scientists largely agree that an ice free Arctic in the summer could have serious consequences for the global climate.  Some research has pointed out a link between the warming Arctic and changes in the jet stream, contributing to unprecedented weather extremes over the last few years.  These extreme events in turn have dramatically impacted crop production in key food basket regions.

US Navy Predicts Summer Ice Free Arctic by 2016

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