Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low, by some estimates

 By Alister Doyle

OSLO | Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:15pm EDT

 

(Reuters) - The area of ice in the Arctic Ocean has thawed to a record low, surpassing the previous 2007 minimum in a sign of climate change transforming the region, according to some scientific estimates.

"We reached the minimum ice area today (Thursday). It has never been measured less than right now," Ola Johannessen, founding director of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway, told Reuters.

"It is just below the 2007 minimum."

Arctic sea ice area per 22. August 2012. Source; Nansen Center/ www.arctic-roos.orgArctic sea ice area per 22. August 2012. Source; Nansen Center/ www.arctic-roos.org

Full story at Reuters.

Based on sea ice data found at arctic-roos.org.