We all heard about climate change, glaciers melting down, sea-level rise, and so on. But many of us can’t imagine the significant decline in Arctic ice. Now, thanks to an impressive NASA visualization, we can all make an idea of how the Arctic region has declined over the past 35 years.
NASA Visualization Present The Significant Decline in Arctic Ice
The NASA visualization on the decline of Arctic ice, which you can view here, presents the effects of global warming over the Arctic Circle. If this negative trend will go on, the world would look different at all by 2050.
The worst part is that we allowed the process to continue for too long, and there’s nothing we can do to reverse it, now, as per Mark Serreze, Director of the National Snow & Ice Data Center.
“Probably a few decades from now, you’ll go out and look at the Arctic, and there won’t be any sea ice there at all. This data means that we are headed to a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean,” said Serreze for CTV News.
What the NASA visualization revealed about the decline of Arctic ice
According to the NSIDC data, on which the NASA visualization based, in January 1984, the Arctic ice covered 3.1 million square kilometers. In January 2019, the sea ice only covered 116,000 square kilometers. Accordingly, it has shrunk by about 95% over the last 35 years.
“The people who live (in northern communities) are being affected because their Indigenous hunting practices are being affected. They can’t get out onto the ice. Same with the polar bears and the walrus can’t get out on the ice,” Serreze explained. Besides, he added, coastal erosion becomes a genuine problem across the Arctic Circle.
The impressive NASA visualization excellently showcases the decline in Arctic ice in the last 35 years. “We have always known that as climate change takes hold, it’s the Arctic that would be leading the way. It’s the Arctic where you’d see the changes first and where they’d be the most pronounced,” concluded Serreze for CTV News.