Swells of More than 16 Feet in Arctic’s Beaufort Sea Seen

Swells of More than 16 Feet in Arctic’s Beaufort Sea Seen

Scientists have found a new example of global warming. Generally, it is considered for the Arctic Ocean that water is covered with ice most of the time.

But researchers were stunned when they saw swells measuring over 16 feet in the Arctic's Beaufort Sea. As per researchers, swells of such size have the capacity to break the ice in the Arctic quickly. All the credit for the same has been given to rapid global warming.

Jim Thomson of the University of Washington and W. Erick Rogers of the Naval Research Laboratory took the wave measurements in 2012 with the help of sensors and satellite. Observations unveiled by researchers are the only known wave measurements in the central Beaufort Sea.

"In recent years, the seasonal ice retreat has expanded dramatically, leaving much of the Beaufort Sea ice free at the end of the summer", affirmed scientists. They continued by affirming that swells are different as they have more energy.

Swells will increase the speed of ice breakup in the area. Also, it can lead to a situation, where there will be ice-free summer. It is a big change when compared with earlier conditions in the Arctic.

Researchers said they are trying to know a clear answer of whether waves could increase the level of ice retreat. Thompson said this summer, they are carrying out a project to know answer of the question.

The study published in Geophysical Journals unveiled that owing to climate change, the Northern Hemisphere is witnessing some major changes.


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