Friday, March 2, 2012

A steep decline in sea ice in Arctic

The ice glaciers are melting in many regions and particularly the record breaking cold that gripped Europe this winter could be tied to a surprising culprit - a steep decline in sea ice in Arctic following a warming of the polar region , scientists have claimed.Using a combination of observational data and computer modelling, researchers were able to connect the autumn changes in Arctic sea ice and the resulting changes in atmospheric conditions - increased moisture levels to colder temperatures and increased snowfall across North America, Europe and Asia. 

The scientists have concluded that since 1970 Arctic sea ice cover has declined steeply. Some researchers have warned that if current patterns continue, the Arctic could experience nearly ice-free summers within the next few decades, LiveScience reported.


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