NEW DATA SHOW DOWNWARD TREND IN ARCTIC SEA ICE
The extent of Arctic Sea ice has experienced a steady declining trend during the past 33 years, based on a new comprehensive analysis of satellite data by experts at the U.S. National Ice Center, a tri-agency team from NOAA, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard, based in Suitland, Md. This new climatology data set is expected to be a more useful and accurate tool for the research community to use than other data sets previously available. This tool can be applied to improve seasonal and climatological sea-ice-change forecast research in the Arctic. "The new data sets show shrinkage in the Arctic Ocean summer ice cover of more than eight percent per decade and gives us concrete information with which to develop improved seasonal and long-term forecasts in the future," said Pablo Clemente-Colón, the ice center's chief scientist.