The thinning of Arctic sea ice, 1988-2003 : Have we passed a tipping point?

  title={The thinning of Arctic sea ice, 1988-2003 : Have we passed a tipping point?},
  author={Ronald W. Lindsay and Jinlun Zhang},
  journal={Journal of Climate},
Recent observations of summer Arctic sea ice over the satellite era show that record or near-record lows for the ice extent occurred in the years 2002–05. To determine the physical processes contributing to these changes in the Arctic pack ice, model results from a regional coupled ice–ocean model have been analyzed. Since 1988 the thickness of the simulated basinwide ice thinned by 1.31 m or 43%. The thinning is greatest along the coast in the sector from the Chukchi Sea to the Beaufort Sea to… Expand

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