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Understanding the Arctic -- NSF-funded expeditions cover new ground in climate science
The effects of climate change appear in the Arctic before becoming apparent in other regions, but scientists know little about the Arctic sea floor. An international NSF-funded collaboration is exploring the ongoing effects of climate change in the Arctic. (2006-12-28)

The Arctic as a messenger for global processes -- climate change and pollution
The Arctic as a Messenger for Global Processes -- Climate Change and Pollution is a scientific conference that will gather more than 400 of the leading international experts on climate change, pollution, ecosystems and societies in the Arctic. (2011-04-19)

Change is the order of the day in the Arctic
Climate change in the Arctic is occurring at a faster and more drastic rate than previously assumed, according to experts attending the AMAP conference in Copenhagen. The latest scientific data show that developments in the Arctic's climate are closely related to developments in the rest of the world. (2011-05-11)

Increase in Arctic cyclones is linked to climate change, new study shows
A new study in Geophysical Research Letters uses historical climate model simulations to demonstrate that there has been an Arctic-wide decrease in sea level pressure since the 1800's. (2014-02-18)

Research priorities for the Arctic have been defined
The leading international Arctic research organisations have set common scientific objectives for the coming decade. (2016-02-18)

Scientists find the error source of a sea-ice model varies with the season
Scientists evaluated the sea-ice simulations of the Arctic regional ocean-ice coupling configuration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model (MITgcm) and found there were disagreements between the simulations and observations in both March and September. (2020-12-30)

Journal highlights Arctic sea ice study by UM professor
New research by University of Montana bioclimatology Assistant Professor Ashley Ballantyne models the influence of Arctic sea ice on Arctic temperatures during the Pliocene era. His research was published in the Research Highlight section of the July issue of Nature Geoscience. The full paper will be published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology: An International Journal for the Geosciences. (2013-07-09)

The Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic
The eastern Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic Ocean, a new study combining remote sensing and local data finds. (2017-04-06)

Ecological "big-data" reveals insights into a changing arctic
The Arctic Animal Movement Archive (AAMA) - a new ecological dataset, which combines three decades of animal tracking studies from across the Arctic - provides a powerful new ecological tool to understand the rapidly changing region better. (2020-11-05)

Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research
The Fifth International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-5) was held in Tokyo from January 15 to 18, 2018, the largest of Asia's non-Arctic nations. The participants included 344 persons from 18 countries and regions, with 100 young researchers as well. Researchers from various research fields -- natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities -- participated in the symposium and discussed the rapid global warming and its impact on the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and human lives regionally and globally. (2018-03-28)

Media registration opens for Arctic Science Summit Week
Media registration is open for the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week and Arctic Observing Summit, which will be held March 12-18 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska. (2015-12-15)

Arctic influences Eurasian weather and climate
Over the past decades the Arctic has lost 65% of its sea ice volume. The atmosphere above the Arctic has been rapidly warming and moistening at the same time. The Arctic might be perceived as a remote and sparsely populated area, the changes there may be of relevance to the society in denser populated areas. (2017-12-07)

New translation explores life of man who staked Canada's claim in Arctic
Predictions that the Arctic Ocean could be free of summer ice as early as 2030 are putting increased pressure on the Canadian government to ensure its northern boundaries are respected. Few people know that Canada owes much of its claim to the North because of the efforts of Arctic explorer Joseph-Elzear Bernier. A biography, written by Marjolaine Saint-Pierre and now translated into English by William Barr, examines the legacy of this remarkable man. (2009-11-25)

Researchers find consistent mercury levels in arctic seals
Ringed seals and other Arctic marine mammals are important in the diet of Arctic Indigenous peoples. A study spanning 45 years of testing indicates that mercury concentrations in ringed seals from the Canadian Arctic have remained stable, showing very limited declines over time. (2020-10-07)

Arctic sea ice thinning at record rate
The thickness of sea ice in large parts of the Arctic declined by as much as 19 percent last winter compared to the previous five winters, according to data from ESA's Envisat satellite. (2008-10-28)

Danger ahead?
A major shift in western Arctic wind patterns occurred throughout the winter of 2017 and the resulting changes in sea ice movement are possible indicators of a changing climate, says Kent Moore, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto Mississauga. (2018-03-20)

Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and global atmospheric warming
The combination of melting sea ice and global atmospheric warming are contributing to the high rate of warming in the Arctic, where temperatures are increasing up to four times faster than the global average, a new University of Melbourne study has shown. (2012-07-06)

Global climate hot topic for AAAS conference in Anchorage, AK
When it comes to global climate change, effects of the phenomenon are seen in Arctic regions first. Evidence of this change comes in a variety of forms: warming permafrost, coastal erosion, extreme temperature fluctuations, and signs from the region's forests. Experts in each of these areas will meet during a special session of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Arctic Division Science Conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, Sept. 29. (2004-09-29)

Who knew? Ammonia-rich bird poop cools the atmosphere
Publishing in Nature Communications, atmospheric scientists Jeff Pierce and Jack Kodros present evidence linking ammonia emissions from summertime Arctic seabird-colony excrement, called guano, to newly formed atmospheric aerosol particles. (2016-11-17)

IPY follow-up requires year-round research on Arctic and global warming
Arctic and Antarctic research teams pulled back to warmer climates when the International Polar Year wrapped last March. But the call has gone out for a return to the poles for a more focused investigation into the effects of global warming. Leading the charge back to the Canadian Arctic is David Hik, a University of Alberta biology professor and a lead researcher with IPY. (2009-09-10)

Arctic Ny Alesund sees rapid warming, but not the warmest
The IAP team finds Ny Alesund has experienced the fastest warmup in the Arctic, and highest temperature in the recent warm wave. However, this is not the highest daily mean temperature in the historic February. (2018-03-05)

Arctic sea ice diminished rapidly in 2004 and 2005
The Arctic Ocean's perennial sea ice shrank abruptly by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005, according to a newly published study. The loss of perennial ice in the East Arctic Ocean, above Europe and Asia, neared 50 percent during that time, as some of the ice moved to the West Arctic Ocean, above North America. The overall decrease in winter Arctic perennial sea ice equaled the area of Texas. (2006-09-13)

Jet stream not getting 'wavier' despite Arctic warming
Rapid Arctic warming has not led to a 'wavier' jet stream around the mid-latitudes in recent decades, pioneering new research has shown. (2020-02-19)

Climate change experts gather in Anchorage, Alaska
Experts on climate change in Alaska and the Arctic will gather in Anchorage on Friday, Sept. 24 to give presentations on thinning Alaska glaciers, melting permafrost, and the possibility of shipping routes through the Canadian Arctic in the near future. (2004-09-22)

Scientists lack vital knowledge on rapid Arctic climate change
Arctic climate change research relies on field measurements and samples that are too scarce, and patchy at best, according to a comprehensive review study from Lund University in Sweden. The researchers looked at thousands of scientific studies, and found that around 30% of cited studies were clustered around only two research stations in the vast Arctic region. (2018-07-18)

Extreme winter weather, such as 'Beast from the East', can be linked to solar cycle
Periods of extreme cold winter weather and perilous snowfall, similar to those that gripped the UK in a deep freeze with the arrival of the 'Beast from the East', could be linked to the solar cycle, pioneering new research has shown. (2018-03-20)

Warm arctic means colder, snowier winters in northeastern US, study says
Scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) have linked the frequency of extreme winter weather in the United States to Arctic temperatures. (2018-03-13)

Top scientists to discuss global changes at arctic conference in Miami
Hundreds of the world's top scientists and policymakers are expected to attend the State of the Arctic conference at the Miami Hyatt Regency from March 16-19, 2010. Speakers will include Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation, Jane Lubchenko, administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and Wendy Watson-Wright, assistant director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (2010-02-25)

Rivers melt Arctic ice, warming air and ocean
A new study shows that increased heat from Arctic rivers is melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and warming the atmosphere. (2020-11-06)

Mammoth injuries indicate humans occupied Arctic earlier than thought
The carcass of a frozen mammoth with signs of weapon-inflicted injuries suggests humans were present in the Eurasian Arctic 10 millennia earlier than previously thought. (2016-01-14)

Exceptional view of deep Arctic Ocean methane seeps
Close to 30.000 high definition images of the deep Arctic Ocean floor were captured on a recent research cruise. They give an exclusive insight into the most remote sites of natural methane release in the world. (2015-06-24)

Arctic wildlife uses extreme method to save energy
The extreme cold, harsh environment and constant hunt for food means that Arctic animals have become specialists in saving energy. Now, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered a previously unknown energy-saving method used by birds during the polar night. (2020-04-28)

Researchers take on atmospheric effects of Arctic snowmelt
Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute are exploring the changing chemistry of the Arctic's atmosphere to help answer the question of what happens as snow and ice begin to melt. (2017-09-19)

Arctic warmth unprecedented in 44,000 years, reveals ancient moss
Using radiocarbon dating, new research in Geophysical Research Letters has calculated the age of relic moss samples that have been exposed by modern Arctic warming. Results show that temperatures in the Arctic are warmer than during any sustained period since the mosses were originally buried. (2014-01-21)

Arctic Science Summit Week press program available
The press program for the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week is now available online. Press briefings throughout the week will give journalists an opportunity to learn the state of the science, meet experts and ask questions. (2016-03-08)

Biologists clarify how three species of cephalopods coexist in the Arctic
By analyzing the content of stable heavy isotopes of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) in the beaks, the researchers studied three closely related cephalopod species: the highly boreal Rossia megaptera, the wide-boreal-Arctic Rossia palpebrosa, and the Arctic endemic Rossia moelleri, which are sympatric in the Arctic. (2020-12-15)

Scientists zero in on Arctic, hemisphere-wide climate swings
In the late 1990s, as scientists were reaching consensus that the Arctic had gone through 30 years of significant climate change, they began reading the first published papers about the Arctic Oscillation, a phenomenon reported to have hemisphere-wide effects. Since then scientists have learned more about the dynamics of post-glacial arctic climate change than in the 50 previous years, says Richard Moritz of the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory. (2002-08-29)

Worldwide research network needed to really understand what is changing in the Arctic
An Ohio State University geologist today outlined a new plan to oceanographers that would consolidate much of the world's studies on the Arctic region into a global observation network. (2007-02-17)

NASA scientists watching, studying Arctic changes this summer
As we near the final month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists are watching the annual seasonal melting of the Arctic sea ice cover. The floating, frozen cap that stretches across the Arctic Ocean shrinks throughout summer until beginning to regrow, typically around mid-September. (2014-08-21)

Melting Arctic ice cap at record
With Arctic ice cap at record low this summer, University of Calgary geography professor John Yackel predicts serious consequences for the planet. (2012-09-24)

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