All work and no play makes researchers… cold, maybe. Check out these fun videos from JISAO‘s Bering Sea Synthesis Project, capturing both research and recreation as these scientists seek to understand the impact of sea-ice on the ecosystem and climate of the eastern Bering Sea. No one can watch just one!
Why is Antarctica seeing record-high sea ice accumulation? Does this change the game regarding global warming? APL‘s Jinlun Zhang is mentioned in this explanation of the atmosphere-ocean patterns and processes scientists are exploring in our polar regions.
Higher pressure over the North American continent and Greenland are driving recent changes in the wind patterns across the Arctic, which are impacting sea ice and could bring changes to the weather across North America and Europe, according to a new study from JISAO. Read more about this study here.
With historically unprecedented ice loss in the Arctic, The Coast Guard suddenly has vast new areas where it needs to monitor ship traffic and perform search-and-rescue operations, and researchers from UW have been tagging along. OCEAN‘s Jamie Morison is quoted; read more about this partnership and what they’re finding.
Have you heard of the National Ice Core Lab? The NICL is a facility for storing and studying ice cores recovered from the polar regions of the world. Scientists from across the world come here to gain access to these ice cores, including ESS grad student Bradley Markle. Learn more about this fascinating facility!
During this year’s melt season, the sea ice in the Arctic reached the lowest extent on record, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported this week. What does this mean for the future of the Polar sea, and how quickly is that future coming? Check out Andy Revkin’s DotEarth post today, for great visuals and a broad view of the topic (and more to come, he states). Revkin quotes ATMO‘s Cecilia Bitz and OCEAN‘s Jamie Morison in his coverage of sea ice.
And take a look at this visualization by “amateur Arctic watcher, Andy Lee Robinson”, using data from the PIOMAS model from APL — very interesting!