Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Sea-Ice-Research-in-the-Arctic-27MZIFLQFS54.htmlConceptually similarSea Ice Research in the ArcticGP01UNVCompleted★★★★Sea Ice Research in the ArcticGP01UO0Completed★★★★★★Sea Ice Research in the ArcticGP01ZYYCompleted★★★★Measuring Arctic Sea IceGP0473CCompleted★★★★Scientist Studies Arctic Sea IceGP11ZUCompleted★★★★★★Measuring Arctic Sea IceGP11ZXCompleted★★★★Measuring Arctic Sea IceGP0465ZCompleted★★★★Measuring Arctic Sea IceGP04660Completed★★★★★★Measuring Arctic Sea IceGP0465ECompleted★★★★View AllGP01UNUSea Ice Research in the ArcticJohn Fletcher (left), a PHD student in polar oceanography at Cambridge University, measures the undulations of the crystalline structure of the ice and snow surface layer in fine detail by using a laser to obtain a 'topographical profile'. His work is concerned with making ground calibrations for 'cryosat' a new European satellite that has radar capability to measure ice thickness. He is part of a team of scientists working with the Greenpeace crew, researching the effects of climate change on fast depleting sea ice.Locations:Fram StraitDate:18 Sep, 2009Credit:© Nick Cobbing / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5578px X 3718pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Evening-Greenpeace crew-Greenpeace inflatables-Ice-Icescapes-KWCI (GPI)-Measuring tools-Outdoors-Research-Science-Scientists-Seas-WaterShoot:Sea Ice Research in the ArcticIn summer 2009, the MY Arctic Sunrise sails to the Arctic to document the dire effects climate change has on one of the most fragile environments in the world. Independent scientists use the ship, helicopter, boats and assistance of the crew, to collect data and research the impacts of climate change. During this third section of the three-part tour, the ship travels to Fram Strait and seas to the east of Greenland and north-west of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to research the effects of climate change on fast depleting sea ice. That year (2009) the summer sea ice minimum was reported to be the third lowest on record. The depletion of Arctic sea ice has serious implications for many reasons. Loss of sea ice creates a positive feedback effect, when the darker ocean surface is exposed it absorbs more heat, melting the surrounding ice further. The loss of ice also threatens vulnerable species likes polar bears who depend on multi year ice to hunt for seals; their primary food source.