New Video: 2016 Arctic Sea Ice
Important points: although this year did not set a new record low for sea ice minimum, the kind of ice loss we did see, and the mechanism of that loss, show that, even in a year when the months of greatest insolation, july and august, were not particularly conducive to melt, we can still see dramatic losses.
Also, important fun fact – although we generally assume that since the ice is melting, it automatically makes human endeavors in polar regions easier and safer. Not so. Barber points out some counterintuitive processes that make the arctic more unpredictable, and at least for now, just as challenging if not more so than in the past.