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Watts Up With That?

Guest post by Dr. Walt Meier, National Snow and Ice Data Center

Winds, Temperatures, and Arctic Sea Ice Extent

As the summer sea ice melt season gets into high gear, I thought I’d do a post on sea ice processes and other tidbits about sea ice that may be useful as people watch the seasonal sea ice extent decline. My thanks to Anthony for the opportunity to share this information.

Often, much of the focus in the news is on the effect of warming air temperatures on observed decline in Arctic sea ice extent, such as in the The Economist article. Others have suggested, such as in last Saturday’s post, that winds are the key to understanding the extent decline. These are not competing viewpoints, but reflect complementary contributions to changes in sea ice extent. For a full description of how sea ice changes – day-by-day, month-by-month, and…

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