PIOMAS is showing that current ice volume is about 50% of 2008. Do you think that is credible?
In 2008, Mark Serreze warned that the North Pole was likely to melt away because the ice was so thin. According to PIOMAS, it is only half as thick this year as it was in 2008. The ice must be doomed to all melt away this summer.
FRIDAY 27 JUNE 2008
It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.
The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, making it possible to reach the Pole sailing in a boat through open water, would be one of the most dramatic – and worrying – examples of the impact of global warming on the planet. Scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer.
“From the viewpoint of science, the North Pole is just another point on the globe, but symbolically it is hugely important. There is supposed to be ice at the North Pole, not open water,” said Mark Serreze of the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado.