Thursday, 23 July 2015
Good! Thick sea ice persisted northwest of Greenland !
As I showed in a previous post, this was not a bad year for Arctic ice. In fact, the volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third following the unusually cool summer of 2013.
Lead author Rachel Tilling, from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at UCL, said,
“The summer of 2013 was much cooler than recent years, with temperatures typical of those seen in the late 1990s. This allowed thick sea ice to persist northwest of Greenland because there were fewer days when it could melt. Although models have suggested that the volume of Arctic sea ice is in long-term decline, we know now that it can recover by a significant amount if the melting season is cut short.”