Rapid Recovery In Arctic Sea Ice Volume Back To 2006 Levels

  • Date: 24/03/15
  • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

Despite all of the headlines recently about “record low Arctic ice”, sea ice extent has actually been regrowing for the last two weeks, and is nearly back to where it was on 22nd February.




Most of the shortfall against the 1981-2010 average is in the Sea of Okhotsk, which is utterly irrelevant as it always melts quickly anyway.



What is much more interesting though is the ice thickness and volume. According to PIOMAS, volume has been growing back rapidly in the last few years, and is “roughly back to 2006 levels.”



Average ice thickness is also back to 2006 levels, and is higher than any other year since at this time of year. The reason is very simple – multi year ice has been steadily growing back after being blown out of the Arctic in 2007 and 2008.

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