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Arctic Sea Ice Season Shortening by 5 Days Per Decade

March 5, 2014

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By James A. Foley

The Arctic sea ice season is shortening by five days per decade, with the appearance of sea ice becoming delayed by warmer weather, according to new research.

Writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, University College London Earth sciences professor Julienne Stroeve and her colleagues report their analysis, which used satellite data, indicates that the Arctic Ocean is absorbing more of the Sun’s energy in the summer, leading to a delayed appearance of autumn sea ice.

In some Arctic regions, the freezing is occurring up to 11 days per decade later than it has in the past.

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