Natural Variability May Be The Cause Of Ice Melting In The Arctic, Study Says

By Carrie Winters - 15 Mar '17 05:30AM
  • Arctic Ice
  • (Photo : David Cheskin/WPA Pool/Getty Images) A recent study indicates that the loss of ice on the Arctic has been cause by natural variability from the atmosphere on the Arctic Ocean.

There has been a lot of talk about the worsening condition of the environment. Experts are saying that the loss of ice in the Arctic region is caused naturally as well.

The new study from the University of Washington, the University of Santa Barbara and federal scientists was published March 13. It indicated that there has been a significant loss of ice in the Arctic. The study indicated this may have been caused by natural variables especially from the atmosphere on the Arctic Ocean.

The report indicated though that anthropogenic forcing is still dominant with the results of ice melting. However, the study indicated that natural variability has been a factor for the melting of ice in the Arctic for the past 20 years. This new study has also referred to the previous studies about a hot spot over the Canadian Arctic and Greenland.

This hotspot is a large region of higher pressure. The air is compressed together and this may lead to a warmer atmosphere. The natural variability that has caused the ice in the Arctic to melt faster is something normal. The atmosphere in the Pacific creates a ripple effect that can melt ice even as far as the Arctic.

A report indicated that even with the natural variability as the recent discovery that has caused the melting of ice faster, climate change may also have something to do with it. In fact, Qinghua Ding, a professor at the Geography Department of the University of California Santa Barbara and the lead author of the study shared that the study shows that there is a mismatch between the climate change model's output and the observation.

Ding and his team had been the ones to do a study on the causes on why ice is melting faster in the Arctic. Their team had been the ones to publish the study that it is not only climate change that has to do with ice melting but also other reasons have a significant contribution.

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