“Along with warmer water temperatures, the other contributor to rising sea levels is melting ice. Again, we only need to look to the polar regions to see what’s headed our way to the south. By studying the shrinking, receding glaciers and ice fields of the Arctic and Antarctica, we can get a good idea of what other climatic and ecological changes loom as warming proceeds. Sure enough, studies show that over the past hundred years, the Arctic has warmed at a rate twice as fast as the global average. This is truly taking its toll.“
As of July 2015 large portions of sea ice can be seen melting and breaking off into the ocean around Greenland. According to satellite observations, this summer has one of the lowest recorded extent of sea ice in the polar regions.
Image Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC