VIMS scientists cruise to study the Arctic during historic ice melt

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VIMS scientists cruise to study the Arctic during historic ice melt‘Daily Press

Alarming, because that polar region is warming at rates that far outpace any other part of the planet, and its rising temperatures are shrinking its vast expanse of sea ice, particularly in late summer.

While the average global temperature has warmed 1 to 1 ½ degrees over the last century, the Arctic over the past 40 years has warmed by 5 degrees, said Donglai Gong, physical oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.

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And no one knows what the future holds. Because environmental conditions in the Arctic are so unique, current computer models for weather and climate are inadequate to gauge the effects of climate change there, or to forecast how a changing Arctic will inevitably impact the global climate system.

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