(Best Syndication News) – The oldest and thickest parts of the Arctic Sea ice caps are disappearing faster than the younger thinner ice concluded a NASA study. The study found that multi-year ice covers around 15 percent of the ocean surface and is retreating at a rate of 15.1 percent every 10 years. The study was published in the recent issue of the Journal of Climate.
Joey Comiso, senior scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., and author of the study, said that the surface temperature in the Arctic is increasing. This warming trend shortens the time for ice to form. To reverse the trend of shrinking ice coverage, there would need to be a persistent cold spell in these areas to get the ice to get thicker in the winter in order to prevent summer melting.