How is the Ice Cover Changing? (Hajo Eicken)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Hajo Eicken discusses research conducted at the ice observatory in Barrow, now Utqiaġvik, Alaska, focusing on understanding changes in Arctic sea ice. The interview highlights the importance of studying ice cover changes, such as thinning and reflectivity, from both a climate perspective and the perspective of local communities. Dr. Eicken emphasizes the need to combine scientific questions with the practical implications for people and animals relying on the ice. The research involves mapping ice trails, determining ice thickness, and studying the interaction between coastal and offshore ice. They aim to improve climate models and forecast seasonal sea ice while investigating observed changes in the ice cover. The multidisciplinary approach seeks to bridge scientific understanding with real-world applications in the Arctic.