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The Decline of Arctic Sea Ice
updated: Mar 18, 2017, 3:00 PM

Source: University of California Santa Barbara

UCSB climate scientist Qinghua Ding and colleagues quantify the contribution natural variability in atmospheric circulation to sea ice loss

The decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades has occurred at a more rapid rate than predicted by most climate change models. Many scientists suspect that the deterioration results from a combination of global warming and other climate cycles.

A new study by UC Santa Barbara climate scientist Qinghua Ding has found that natural variability in the atmosphere over the Arctic Ocean is responsible for causing a substantial amount of summer sea ice loss. The findings appear in the journal Nature Climate Change.

"Anthropogenic forcing is still dominant, still the key player," lead author Ding, an assistant professor in UCSB's Department of Geography, said in reference to human activity. "But we found that natural variability has helped to accelerate this melting, especially during the past 20 years."

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