New Video: 2016 Arctic Sea Ice
October 17, 2016
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 counterintuitive processes that make the arctic more unpredictable, and at least for now, just as challenging if not more so than in the past.
I included Andy Lee Robinson’s terrific 3-d graph of sea ice melt in passing, but did not have the most recent version in time for this piece, so am posting that below.