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5 Year Study: What Happens in the Arctic Does not Stay in the Arctic

Posted on 26 April 2017 by greenman3610

This is a re-post from Climate Crocks

After two years of interviews from Seattle, to Oslo, to Greenland, boiling down hundreds of hours of detailed questioning with some of the most renowned arctic experts from the entire host of Arctic nations, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program today releases a 5 year study on the state of our knowledge of arctic change.

The Snow,Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic, or SWIPA, is rolling out today at a conference in Reston, Va, and I’ve produced videos to illustrate the major findings.

Chief among those is the solidification of the observations that changes in Arctic sea ice are beginning to cause downstream effects in the temperate zones. If you’ve ever heard the question “Why do I care if the Arctic is melting?” – this video will be a good answer.

Not only changes in large atmospheric movements, but sea level rise is a major focus, and includes input from Dark Snow Project glaciologist Professor Jason Box, among many other luminaries.

The scientists I talked to also mentioned invasive species, changes in permafrost and the outgassing of additional greenhouse gases as frozen soils warm.

I collected far more video than could possibly fit in one 10 minute piece, so look for many, many additional snips from interviews that I’ll be posting in coming weeks and months.

Also, now that I’ve finally finished this, I can start thinking about activities and fund raising for the summer field season – so look for that coming soon, as well.

Below, see an additional example of the interviews that I’ve conducted, this one with Dr. David Barber of the University of Manitoba.

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