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Ice at North Pole in summer?

  1. Jan 9, 2012 #1
    I'm trying to find information on whether there has been summer ice at the North Pole the last few years. I've found a couple old articles that indicate scientists predicted no summer ice. Did this in fact happen and is it predicted again for this coming summer? Does that mean the North Pole is open water in summer?
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2012 #2

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    The pole is never ice-free, though the margins of the ice-cap are progressively receding.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2012 #3
    To date, the North Pole has always had pack ice since satellite observations began in 1979, but leads (open water) can occur almost anywhere in the ice pack. These are local and transient. You can see satellite data on the polar ice caps (updated daily) at:

    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/.

    EDIT: As far as predictions go, recent years have seen record lows in the minimum summer Arctic ice area, the record being set in 2007. I don't think specific year to year reliable predictions are possible as to the actual future extent of the summer pack ice.

    http://articles.cnn.com/2007-09-11/tech/arctic.ice.cover_1_sea-ice-national-snow-mark-serreze?_s=PM:TECH [Broken]
     
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  5. Jan 9, 2012 #4

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    Yes there is summer ice. Under this paragraph, you will see the map for summer, it is the September map which reflects the entire summer's melting. There are additional yearly maps farther down.

    http://nsidc.org/sotc/sea_ice.html
     
  6. Jan 10, 2012 #5
    Thanks for that link ! I lost it some months ago during an over-aggressive culling of 'favourites'...
     
  7. Jan 10, 2012 #6

    Borek

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    Already planning Summer trip?
     
  8. Jan 10, 2012 #7

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    Yay! Hopefully not expecting penguins. :rofl:
     
  9. Mar 12, 2012 #8

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