The Consequences of a Blue Arctic
- Jul 7, 2018 12:50 am GMT
We haven’t had a good algorasm here in a while, so let’s break out our calculators and do some plug-and-chug math regarding a critical topic: the consequences of a Blue Arctic.
I define “Blue Arctic” as the Arctic Ocean being largely ice free for at least a few days. I say “largely ice free” because even once Blue Arctic events become regular features of late Northern summers there will certainly still be considerable ice around the northern or northwestern coast of Greenland, for example. I’m sure scientists will come up with some metric for declaring the Arctic to be “virtually ice free”, such as total sea ice extent or area below a magic number, or perhaps everything north of a certain latitude being open water. The point is, it’s going to happen and we’ll know it when we see it.
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