Arctic sea ice is melting faster than previously thought, alarmed at the Center for Polar Observation and Modelling, University College London.
According to the staff of the European Space Agency, the new satellites that they use, showed that 900 cu. miles of ice disappeared in the last year — it is 50% more current estimates of ecologists. If these data are correct, the entire region could eventually melt the ice, which in turn will trigger the "gold fever" — a bitter struggle for the fish and oil.
"Preliminary analysis of the data shows that the rate of melting summer sea ice in the Arctic is much higher than we previously thought," — Daily Mail quoted Dr Seymour Lacson.
To study the thickness of the ice in 2010, experts have launched a satellite CryoSat-2 and sent to the region submarines. (Previously, most studies have focused on the study of the surface of the ice cover.) These methods are collectively presented a new picture of the changes in ice volume since 2004.
The study showed that the thickness of sea ice is reduced, along with its square. In winter 2004, its volume in the central Arctic is about 17 thousand cubic meters. km, and this year it is about 14 thousand cubic meters. kilometers.
These results were published after the study done earlier this month, researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in which he argued that the ice in Greenland is less susceptible to melting than other ice reserves of the oceans.