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    Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole

    Germany is going to intentionally let a ship get stuck in the arctic ice and use it as a scientific observation/monitoring system as it floats across the arctic and over the north pole. I had no idea there was that type of net drift of the ice. I had always thought it would be frozen solid and immobile.

    That is interesting enough on its own, but there are some gems in the article I wanted to share.

    Researchers hope to gather valuable new insights on the region where Earth's climate is changing fastest.

    Last month the extent of Arctic sea-ice was the lowest ever recorded for a January (during the satellite era), with temperatures several degrees above the long-term average.

    "The decline of Arctic sea-ice is much faster than the climate models can reproduce and we need better climate models to make better predictions for the future.
    Because the current computer models show the melting to be slower than it actually is. You gotta love it.

    Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole - BBC News
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    very interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RNG View Post
    Germany is going to intentionally let a ship get stuck in the arctic ice and use it as a scientific observation/monitoring system as it floats across the arctic and over the north pole. I had no idea there was that type of net drift of the ice. I had always thought it would be frozen solid and immobile.

    That is interesting enough on its own, but there are some gems in the article I wanted to share.



    Because the current computer models show the melting to be slower than it actually is. You gotta love it.

    Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole - BBC News
    Yes. Yes, when people have objected that the computer models of the climate have not been accurate, I tell them that they are quite right, that the Arctic sea ice has been melting MUCH faster than the models predicted. And now, the sea ice is at its lowest recorded levels around Antarctica, too.

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