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Relevance of melt ponds In the Arctic summer, the sea ice melts due to rising temperatures and constant sunlight. When it does, meltwater can gather in pools on the surface, known as melt ponds. These
“May 2018 was the warmest May in Germany since 1881, and the second consecutive month (together with April 2018) with a new record high.” That was the German Weather Service’s review of the current we
Summary Current predictions by international forecast centres and researchers, collected and evaluated by the Sea Ice Drift Forecast Experiment (SIDFEx), suggest that there is a chance that the drift
The decline in summertime sea-ice in the Arctic is an important indicator for the progressive climate change and its effects on the polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Since the advent of contin
Recent findings show that the ability to predict the location of the Arctic sea ice edge varies considerably among sub-seasonal forecasting systems. The best of these forecasting systems outperforms t
It takes perseverance, a love for detail, and a tremendous amount of stamina, as the findings of a joint German-Russian project now show. In the project, experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute and
Ever since, atmospheric researchers Dr Dörthe Handorf and Dr Annette Rinke at the AWI in Potsdam have been searching for concrete evidence of the interrelations between the sea ice, polar air currents
In the months of June, July and August, predictions can be submitted on the September sea-ice extent for the Arctic as a whole, or for specific regions. The forecasting methods vary considerably, and
The team analysed the outcomes of 40 different climate models, which will also be used in the upcoming sixth Assessment Report from the IPCC . The simulations are based on the implementation of variou
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