Data from satellites show that in recent years, Arctic ice shows record levels of melting in the history of observation.
In late summer, the volume of Arctic ice dropped to a record low point for the entire 2018 year. This coincides with a sad trend – global warming in the region is much faster than on the rest of the planet. Although the result of this year is only the sixth in terms of minimum sea ice for 40 years of satellite observations, and much higher than the record low of 2012, the general trend indicates a catastrophe.
“This (the sixth result in history – Ed.) May sound like” Well, the year was pretty boring. ” But even though the melting of ice did not break the record of all times, it is still well below the historical average, “says Jeremy Mathis, head of the Arctic Studies Program at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Last 12 years in a row Arctic ice showed the lowest levels of the minimum for all years of satellite observations.
A sad picture is complemented by the fact that this year the most strong and old areas of the Arctic ice began to melt, which survived even the catastrophic 2012. The ice shield, whose thickness reached 20 meters in some places, proved powerless before a constant increase in temperature. “Something strange happened this year: something that makes it clear how much the Arctic is changing. Perhaps we will see the Arctic Ocean without ice much sooner than expected, “Matis said.