Do We Know When the Arctic Will be Ice-free in September? (Don Perovich)

Video Shot in: 2009

Sea ice geophysicist Dr. Don Perovich discusses the changing conditions of the Arctic Ocean and the impact it is having on human activities. Dr. Perovich highlights the evolution of predictions around the Arctic becoming ice-free in the summer, with some projections indicating it could happen as early as 2013 or never. However, he notes that the more relevant question is when the reduction of sea ice in September will be large enough to impact human activity, as this is already happening. The conversation then turns to the potential impacts of these changes on weather and climate in other parts of the world, with Dr. Perovich noting that while there are some potential effects, it is a complex topic that requires further study and exploration through models.