Category Archives: Polar regions

Future of Arctic enterprise

by Judith Curry

As a complement to the discussion on Arctic sea ice decline at Climate Dialogue, lets take a look at the outlook for the development of existing and new economic activity in the Arctic marine region, as a result of this change.

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Reflections on the Arctic sea ice minimum: Part II

Judith Curry

Pursuant to Part I, i ask the following questions:

  • Whence an ‘ice free’ Arctic?
  • Does an ‘ice free’ Arctic matter?

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Reflections on the Arctic sea ice minimum: Part I

by Judith Curry

How should we interpret the record low minimum sea ice extent?

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Economic and security impacts of climate change in the Arctic

by Judith Curry

In the long run the unfrozen north could cause devastation. But, paradoxically, in the meantime no Arctic species will profit from it as much as the one causing it: humans. Disappearing sea ice may spell the end of the last Eskimo cultures, but hardly anyone lives in an igloo these days anyway. And the great melt is going to make a lot of people rich. – The Economist

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Arctic warming opens region to new military activity

by Judith Curry

[T]he world’s military leaders . .  are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts.

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Impact of declining Arctic sea ice on winter snowfall

by Judith Curry

Liu, Curry et al. have a new paper published in PNAS entitled “Impact of Declining Arctic Sea Ice on Winter Snowfall.”

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Arctic Update II

by Judith Curry

Here is a synopsis of some recent papers and other issues in the Arctic

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Likely causes of the recent changes in Arctic sea ice

by Judith Curry

A new paper by Polyakov, Kwok and Walsh is in press in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, entitled: “Recent changes in arctic multi-year sea ice coverage and likely causes.”  This is the best paper I’ve seen on this topic, which clearly articulates the complexity of the issue.

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Arctic Imperative

by Judith Curry

In my congressional testimony, I discussed the idea of climate change winners and losers.   In the Arctic, where climate is changing most rapidly, will there be winners or losers?

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Arctic update

by Judith Curry

Some interesting news on the Arctic front.

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Storm surges on the Arctic Ocean coast

by Judith Curry

The latest analysis of sea ice extent by the NSIDC shows that early June sea ice extent is lower than corresponding 2007 value.   A recent article at Yale360 discusses how as Arctic sea ice retreats, storms take toll on the land.

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Pondering the Arctic Ocean. Part I: Climate Dynamics

by Judith Curry

I spent the 1990’s conducting research on the climate dynamics of the Arctic Ocean, and then moved onto other things circa 2002.  My interest in the Arctic has recently been reinvigorated by the increasing societal implications of reduced sea ice extent in terms of security issues, the prospect of a northern sea route, implications for resource exploration and extraction, and adaptation issues for coastal villages along the Arctic Ocean coast.

This multi-part series will begin with an overview of what we know about the climate dynamics of the Arctic Ocean sea ice.

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