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Satellite’s view of ice crucial for bigger picture

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The winter extent of Arctic sea ice is the smallest on record but we need to measure the volume too for the complete picture says University of Leeds’ Professor Andy Shepherd, senior advisor to the European Cryosat mission, in an interview for BBC News Science and Environment (29.03.16). Asked whether 2016 was likely to succeed 2013’s record for the ‘minimum maximum’ of sea ice – temperatures in the Arctic for January and February have been up to 6C higher than average – Professor Shepherd stressed the importance of the satellite in obtaining a 3-D view of the ice, which can pile up and be more resistant to melting, to get an accurate accessment.

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