CryoSat-2 reveals 50% higher Arctic summer sea ice loss

Published: 11 Jun 2013

CryoSat-2 was launched by the European Space Agencyin April 2010. It is the first satellite that specifically studies sea-ice thickness; it’s orbit gives extensive coverage of the Arctic Sea and it’s radar penetrates through cloud.

Preliminary results from the CryoSat-2 mission show that 900 cubic kilometres of Arctic summer sea-ice has been lost in the past year. This figure represents a 50% higher rate of loss than scientists predicted, which suggests that global warming is having a significant impact on the polar region. Full article in the Guardian: