It's that time of the year again when the sea ice in the Arctic is disappearing. It doesn't look as if there will be a record low extent this year, but there's not a lot of ice around. At the moment it's the fourth lowest on record for this time of the year, according to the interactive chart provided by NSIDC (with my annotations).
|Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)|
There are links to most of the main sea ice pages on the HotWhopper Climate Metrics page. Here are a couple of charts from the University of Bremen, as at 28 August 2015:
To stay up to date with what's happening, go to Neven's Arctic Sea Ice Blog. His latest article is about a storm in the Beaufort Sea, which is undoubtedly breaking up ice in that region.
There's not much more to say, except to express concern that the region is at high risk. Not just from melting sea ice and all the changes that brings, but from shipping traffic and resource exploration. Those risks affect the Arctic and because of the wider impact of changes in the Arctic, affect the whole world.
I'll keep an eye on things and probably post an article shortly after the minimum, which should be within the next three weeks.