Breaking the ice: ISE to play key role in shaping Arctic’s future

Changing sea levels open northern shipping lanes but create new logistical challenges

By Thomas C. Sharkey, Thomas Birkland, Martha Grabowski, Marie Lowe and William (Al) Wallace

The impact of climate change on the Arctic is undeniable. Estimates show that “Arctic ice cover has lost about two-thirds of its thickness, as averaged across the Arctic at the end of the summer” over the past 60 years according to a NASA article by Carol Rasmussen. Models estimate that “the total volume of ice in September, the lowest ice month, declined by 78 percent between 1979 and 2012,” reported Chris Mooney in The Washington Post.

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