This Fragmenting Arctic Ice Looks Like A Mosaic When Seen From Space
Per NASA’s blog, it’s impossible not to mention (or at least hint at) climate change. The Sannikov Strait is part of the Northeast Passage, which has long been looked at as a possible shipping route that circumvents the somewhat laborious southern routes around Eurasia. Historically, the ice here has been profoundly difficult to get through, and the route was quite rightly perceived to be treacherous – but the warming world has changed that.
Now, ice cover in this part of the world is receding and thinning year-on-year. Shipping companies are sending vessels through the region, both in the summer and, somewhat remarkably, the bitterly cold ice-packed winters, to test its viability. Although improved icebreaker technology attached to ships is certainly helping, one can’t deny the role anthropogenic climate change is playing here.