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Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), 2004. Impacts of a Warming Arctic.
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Satellite observations in Arctic sea ice, 1979 and 2003
Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
This oblique view of the Arctic polar ice cap in September shows the significant reduction that has happened over a time period just over 20 years, from 1979 to 2003. Future predicitions shows even more drastic reduction of the ice cap, thus opening new area for natural resources extraction and marine transports. Please also see an updated graphic at: http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/arctic-sea-ice-minimum-extent-in-september-1982-2005-and-2007