Thursday, July 18, 2013

High methane readings over Kara Sea

Arctic sea ice extent 2013 (brown line on NSIDC-image below) is more and more following the same path it did last year (dashed line), when extent reached a record minimum, and in 2007 (blue line), the previous record minimum.



Even more worryingly, sea ice is very thin, as the Naval Research Laboratory animation below shows; large areas with a thickness of 1 meter to zero persist close to the North Pole, as discussed in an earlier post; the image below, from the North Pole Environmental Observatory shows lots of water and that it's raining at the North Pole.





The above animation also shows the retreat of sea ice from the Kara Sea, north of Siberia, over the past 30 days.

As can be expected, high sea surface temperature anomalies show up in areas where the sea ice has retreated, as shown by the DMI image below.



Most worryingly, high methane readings appear over the Kara Sea, as shown on the image below.

[ click on image to enlarge ]

1 comment:

  1. With thinner ice going into the sea ice nose dive the residual at end of descent this year will be low but the effects on land of movement toward desertification and rise of extremes of weather are going to really start to dig into food production.
    The idea humans can put this world back together again once lost is a vision of, mortal frailty.. -The Deniers will go to say it would have occurred naturally as if natural cycle continues.
    But what's happening needs restoration of balance

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