2012-08-27. Media Advisory: Arctic sea ice breaks lowest extent on record

posted Sep 5, 2012, 4:41 PM by Alan Gould
 | National Snow & Ice Data Center. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Arctic sea ice cover melted to its lowest extent in the satellite record yesterday, breaking the previous record low observed in 2007. Sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles) on August 26, 2012. This was 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) below the September 18, 2007 daily extent of 4.17 million square kilometers (1.61 million square miles)…NSIDC scientist Walt Meier said, "By itself it's just a number, and occasionally records are going to get set. But in the context of what's happened in the last several years and throughout the satellite record, it's an indication that the Arctic sea ice cover is fundamentally changing."…. Read the full article: http://nsidc.org/news/press/20120827_2012extentbreaks2007record.html