Satellite Data Reveals the Arctic Ice Melting at “Frightening Rate”

Satellite Data Reveals the Arctic Ice Melting at “Frightening Rate”

Greenhouse gas emissions caused by us humans can’t lead to anything good when it comes to climate change. The Arctic ice is melting frighteningly fast as a result of it, according to data provided by the ICESat-2 and radar CryoSat-2 satellites that are orbiting Earth. Urgent action seems to be needed.

The news about the Arctic ice’s rapid melting is brought by, and it reveals a terrifying statistic. For the last 18 years, one-third of the volume of the Arctic Ocean Winter sea ice has melted. 

Ron Kwok, a polar scientist from the University of Washington, explains:

Arctic snow depth, sea ice thickness and volume are three very challenging measurements to obtain,

The key takeaway for me is the remarkable loss of Arctic winter sea ice volume – one-third of the winter ice volume lost over just 18 years – that accompanied a widely reported loss of old, thick Arctic sea ice and decline in end-of-summer ice extent.

Robbie Mallett, who’s a polar ice researcher at University College London, stated:

This is the first time anyone has several years’ worth of data from the difference between lidar and radar data for snow depth,

It’s a really useful update on how ICESat-2 is performing.

Back in July 2021, we found out that NASA was willing to team up with the ESA (European Space Agency) to tackle the problem of climate change. The two space agencies were aiming to get involved in new science missions to deal with the major threat. 

NASA’s Administrator Bill Nelson even believes that climate change represents a global challenge that requires action ASAP.

Perhaps the most frightening aspect regarding climate change is that each and every one of us could contribute to it. Perhaps we all should learn to take care of the environment in a better way!

The new study was published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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