NASA on Thursday, March 19 reported that the maximum ice cover in the Arctic in the current year amounted to 14,540,000 square kilometers and is the lowest for all the years of observation. Such data US National Aeronautics and Space received from their satellites. This is with reference to the representative of the National Centre in Boulder Natasha Vizcarra TASS reported.
After analyzing the data from the spacecraft Scientific Center NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center), American researchers have concluded that today the area of ice in the Arctic is the smallest since the beginning of satellite observations.
The ice cap in the Arctic extends the fall and winter, reaching a peak in the period from late February to April, but then gradually reduced to a minimum in September. In the same year, according to US researchers, who emphasize that the use of information solely with his companions, the ice cover in the Arctic reached a maximum by 25 February, 15 days earlier than the average for the period from 1981 to 2010. In 1996 alone, the maximum occurred at an earlier date – February 24.
Earlier, the minimum ice cover during the period from February to April was registered in 2011: whereas it was 14.65 million square kilometers. In this season, according to American researchers, the area of ice in the Arctic was less by more than 100 thousand sq. Km.
Experts note that in terms of impact on the climate fluctuations winter ice area is not as important as summer, reducing the area which is the best indicator of global warming. In addition, fluctuations in the minimum ice cover are more irregular.
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