Climate science: The long summer begins

Schiermeier, Quirin
July 2008
Nature;7/17/2008, Vol. 454 Issue 7202, p266
Academic Journal
This article discusses climate change research being carried out in the North Polar region. Measurements of ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean are described. The research project described is the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study on the icebreaker ship Amundsen. The glaciological aspect of this study focuses on the relationship between polar winds, patterns of melting and the rotation of the polar icecap as a whole. Flaw leads are fissures in the ice created by wind, which are thought to be an ideal place to study the difference between sunlight absorption rates for ice and ocean, or the ice-ocean albedo. Research into the ecosystemic impacts of polar ice melting in flaw leads is also explored.


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