A 115-day expedition was planned in order to study manmade global warming and the resulting melting Arctic sea ice, but it had to be postponed, because there was too much ice. At least they didn’t go ahead with the trip and find themselves stuck in the ice and in need of being bailed out. We’ve seen that before.
Remember a couple years ago when a similar expedition went out sailing in the Antarctic sea and found themselves stuck and stranded in ice? They were stuck for nine days before they were airlifted to safety. Three other icebreaker ships had attempted to rescue them, but those ships also got stuck in the ice and appealed to the U.S. Coast Guard to come and save them. One of the things they were going to be studying before they got horrendously stuck in the ice was how Antarctic sea ice was melting.
To avoid that embarrassing episode again, this team of scientists who were headed for the Arctic decided it was best not to take any chances. There was too much ice to trudge through. So they postponed their trip. The Daily Caller reported:
The CCGS Amundsen, a Medium Arctic icebreaker and Arctic research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, was to travel throughout Hudson Bay, a body of water in northeastern Canada, but was rerouted to help ships who were stuck in the icy water.
A Coast Guard officer said the conditions were the “worst he’s seen in 20 years,” reports CBC news.
“Obviously it has a large impact on us,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. “It’s a frustrating situation.”
ArcticNet is a network of scientists who study “the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic.”
The vessel is one of only two icebreakers in the Arctic, leaving the ship obligated to reroute their travel plans to help break ice for resupply ships.
A recent report actually showed that Arctic sea ice grew by about a third over the past couple years, according to the BBC:
The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after an unusually cool summer in 2013.
Researchers say the growth continued in 2014 and more than compensated for losses recorded in the three previous years.
The scientists involved believe changes in summer temperatures have greater impacts on ice than thought.
But they say 2013 was a one-off and that climate change will continue to shrink the ice in the decades ahead.
They say it’s going to continue to shrink in the decades ahead. Just like kids today were going to grow up in a world not knowing what snow was.