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Is this the bottom for Arctic Sea ice?

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

The bottom could be in for Arctic sea ice this year which will make it the third lowest in the last 30 years.

Sea Ice for the Arctic - Sept 15, 2010

However, in Anchorage, Alaska, the local fish wrap would have you believe the trend the sky is falling.

From the ADN.com:

“A report shows this summer’s Arctic sea ice melted to the third-lowest level since satellite monitoring began in 1979, continuing a trend of habitat loss for walrus, polar bears and other ice-dependent marine mammals.”

“Brendan Cummings, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said the announcement illustrated a trend for summer Arctic sea ice and means bad news for walrus.
‘We’re on a clear path to a seasonal ice-free Arctic,” he said. “There may be year-to-year fluctuations, but the clear path is unidirectional.’”


Yes, the overall trend for the past 30 years shows a downward trajectory. However, the temperature in the arctic is already below freezing (below) and this sure looks like we survived this summer with a greater amount of sea ice than the year before. I see that as a positive sign and remain optimistic that we are headed for recovery!

Temps above 80 deg

For a fantastic resource on Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, check out Anthony Watts blog: Watts Up With That? and visit the “Sea Ice Reference Page”