Retreat of Arctic sea-ice: A scientific perspective

Retreat of Arctic sea-ice: A scientific perspective   Jeremy Wilkinson, ICE-ARC Programme Coordinator, British Antarctic Survey   The retreat of summer Arctic sea ice is unquestionable.  The use of the word unquestionable is deliberate as for over 35 years special satellite-mounted sensors, which can see through cloud and the polar night, have been continuously obtaining… Read more »

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Economic modellers meet in Rotterdam

The first meeting of the Work Package 4 (WP4), covering both climate and economic modelling in the Arctic, was held at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) on the 9th September 2014. Over 15 participants joined for the day meeting, and all the WP4 partners were represented. The three main sessions covered: the PAGE model… Read more »

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Sediment cores taken with Greenland cruise

A sediment coring program was undertaken from the Danish navy vessel I/F Knud Rasmussen August 14th – 20 th 2014. The Danish Navy had generously placed the ship for the use of the ICE-ARC project team. 26 sediment cores were collected during the cruise and more that 150 kilometers of depth profiles recorded. Coring was… Read more »

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ICE-ARC deploys buoys with help from the USA and South Korea

In August the South Korean icebreaker Araon sailed into the northern region of the Beaufort/Chukchi Sea region of the Arctic Ocean.  This scientific cruise, a collaborative effort between ONR’s Marginal Ice Zone programme (USA) and the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), aims the further our understanding of the changing Arctic marine environment. At about 77.4N… Read more »

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Transport caravan moving to the study area (Photo: I. Semiletov)

Field work update: Methane and subsea permafrost studies in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf

Igor Semiletov and Natalia Shakhova of Arctic Marine Exploration, Russia, have recently completed the first phase of their field work in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, looking at methane escaping from submarine permafrost. They carried out a 24-day expedition, using a transport caravan, to the Laptev Sea. The main goal was to obtain new data for determining… Read more »

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Arctic Science Summit Week 2014

We have given three talks and two posters introducing ICE-ARC at the ASSW2014 in Helsinki this week. Kathy Law and Naja Mikkelsen have given talks at IASC working groups, Elaina Ford at the YOPP (Year of Polar Prediction) workshop with general introductions to the people involved in the project and what our aims are and… Read more »

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