Arctic Ice: The difference 100 years can make.

Global warming and its effect on the Arctic seems to be regarded as recent phenomena but sixty years ago scientists were already concerned about reports of loss of ice cover in the Arctic Ocean and a reduction in ice thickness.

Although there weren’t too many satellites available in 1916 to give a decent coverage of ice conditions, there were a few ships around. Here are the monthly charts for the summers of 1916 and 2016; make what you will of them.

June:
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July:
1916_07arctic_160731_amsr2

 

August:
1916_08arctic_160831_amsr2

 

Sources:

Charts for 1916 are from here: http://brunnur.vedur.is/pub/trausti/

The charts there are in the zip-files at the bottom of the page in either jpg or pdf.

Charts for 2016 are from: http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de:8084/amsr2/

 

About the Author

Graham Davis
Born 1944. Educated at Wellingborough Grammar School. Started work at the Met Office in 1962 instead of going to university as I felt it was time I brought some money into the house - my father was an OAP. Was a weather observer and forecaster. Worked for eight years in the Met Office Ice Unit. Last 26 years were spent as a computer programmer.

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