On again, off again for Arctic ice

New research indicates that although Arctic sea ice will melt away as the climate continues to warm, it may temporarily stabilise or expand over the next few decades.

The study, based on computer modelling, indicates that under current climate conditions, Arctic ice is as likely to expand as it is to contract for periods of up to a decade.

“Even though the observed ice loss has accelerated over the last decade, the fate of sea ice over the next decade depends not only on human activity but also on climate variability that cannot be predicted,” National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Jennifer Kay said.

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