Arctic Ice: Pausing Rather Than Declining?

  • Date: 21/07/15
  • Dr David Whitehouse

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It is 2012 that is exceptional which was due to an anomalous summer storm that compacted the ice. After the storm the ice returned to levels of a few years previously. There is no general decrease in minimal ice area 2007 – 2014. Things get more interesting when one considers the 1998 – 2014 period.

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Clearly there has been a decline over this period but not a steady one. rather it has been a shift between two so-called ice pauses. Here is the 1998 – 2006 data.

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