CLIMATE CHANGE IN EURASION ARCTIC SHELF SEAS

Centennial Ice Cover Observations

Ivan E. Frolov, Zalman M. Gudkovich, Valery P. Karklin, Evgeny G. Kovalev and Vasily M. Smolyanitsky

CLIMATE CHANGE IN EURASION ARCTIC SHELF SEAS: Centennial Ice Cover Observations Recent predictions of global warming have projected a significant decrease of the ice-spreading area in the Arctic, prophesying its complete disappearance by the end of the 21st century. However, these forecasts are based on the significant decrease in the ice cover area in the Arctic Seas only over the last 15-20 years.

Climate Change in Eurasian Arctic Shelf Seas provides data from analyses of climatic changes in the Arctic and fluctuations of the sea-ice extent over an 80-100 year period, and this shows that there is no unambiguous proof of the future state of the ice cover in the Arctic.

This book:

Table of Contents

Preface
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
Introduction
  1. Arctic sea ice as an element of the global climate system
  2. Long-term changes in Arctic Seas ice extent during the twentieth century
  3. Variability of sea ice thickness and concentration in the twentieth century
  4. Consistency among sea ice extent and atmospheric and hydrospheric processes
  5. Possible causes in climate and in Arctic Seas ice extent
  6. Assessment of possible changes in air temperature and sea-ice extent in the Arctic Seas in the twenty-first century
  7. Conclusions
Appendices
A. Mean monthly ice index values in April and August for the Eurasian Arctic Seas for     1900-2008
B. Mean annual surface air temperature (SAT) in the zone from 70-85oN for 1900-2007
C. Mean annual zonality index in the atmosphere of the zone from 40-65oN for 1900-2007

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Extent: 184 pages, 8-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-85874-4



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