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UD scientist sees Arctic ice loss first hand

Aug. 27, 2012 — The extent of sea ice in the Arctic has reached a record low, according to data released Aug. 26 by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). A University of Delaware marine scientist can confirm some of that ice loss firsthand.

In a short video he produced, Andreas Muenchow, aboard the Canadian icebreaker Henry Larsen, shows the ice-free sea off Petermann Fjord that he and his colleagues were sailing in — an area that for ages had been covered by floating ice shelves.

“But it is no more,” notes Muenchow in the video. He and his research team from UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment were working in Nares Strait, between Greenland and Canada, to recover an ocean and sea ice observing array they had moored there in 2009 as part of his National Science Foundation research project.

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