Accelerated decline in the Arctic sea ice cover

  title={Accelerated decline in the Arctic sea ice cover},
  author={Josefino C. Comiso and Claire Parkinson and Robert Gersten and Larry Stock},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
Satellite data reveal unusually low Arctic sea ice coverage during the summer of 2007, caused in part by anomalously high temperatures and southerly winds. The extent and area of the ice cover reached minima on 14 September 2007 at 4.1 × 106 km2 and 3.6 × 106 km2, respectively. These are 24% and 27% lower than the previous record lows, both reached on 21 September 2005, and 37% and 38% less than the climatological averages. Acceleration in the decline is evident as the extent and area trends of… 

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