NASA: ‘…highly unlikely that this year’s summertime sea ice minimum extent will set a new record’

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From Walt Meier at NASA Goddard:

arctic-ice-aug13-2016 Visualization of Arctic sea ice extent on Aug. 13, 2016. CREDIT NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio

This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May. The melt slowed down in June, however, making it highly unlikely that this year’s summertime sea ice minimum extent will set a new record.

“Even when it’s likely that we won’t have a record low, the sea ice is not showing any kind of recovery. It’s still in a continued decline over the long term,” said Walt Meier, a sea ice scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It’s just not going to be as extreme as other years because the weather conditions in the Arctic were not as extreme as in other years.”

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