Arctic sea ice extent will be second-lowest

Sea ice extent is now beginning to rise as it has now begun its seasonal increase in response to autumn. We will be settling for second-lowest on record.


source: http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/en/home/seaice_extent.htm

That is from the IARC-JAXA Information System (IJIS). According to their data from download, September minima was reached on September 9th at 4,707, 813 km2 , though NSIDC says September 12th on their page (anyone?)

While we didn’t break the record, this year is further support of continued and accelerated decline in NH sea ice extent. It will be interesting to see how the trend continues over the next few years.

One response to “Arctic sea ice extent will be second-lowest

  1. “this year is further support of continued and accelerated decline in NH sea ice extent. It will be interesting to see how the trend continues over the next few years.”

    Ummm…if this year had far more ice than last year, how exactly does it support the “continued and accelerated decline” hypothesis?

    I read a lot of articles about how the ice cap melted due to global warming, only to find out that despite the warming we have more ice.

    Response- The continued decline is an observation, not a hypothesis. And we’re discussing trends, not the ranking of individual years. Whether or not this year or next hits “record minimum” is more about curiosity and interest than actual physical significance– chris

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