Down to Earth - - BOOK -

event for me to ac­tu­ally wit­ness sud­den melt­ing of ice in the Arc­tic due to changes at­trib­uted to cli­mate change. This was in­deed a high point in my ca­reer as a science jour­nal­ist and I would al­ways cher­ish mem­o­ries of it.

A num­ber of stud­ies are point­ing out that the Arc­tic is warm­ing faster than pre­vi­ously thought. It is nec­es­sary to con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor and study changes tak­ing place in this ecosys­tem, which acts a barom­e­ter for our planet. While satel­lite im­agery can re­veal the ex­tent of ice, its chang­ing pat­terns and other such data, field stud­ies in the Arc­tic must be con­ducted to record changes oc­cur­ring in the sea and on na­tive an­i­mal and plant life. Sev­eral mi­cro level changes such as the for­ma­tion of melt lakes are vir­tu­ally un­de­tectable from satel­lite im­ages, and mod­el­ing stud­ies some­times tend to be con­ser­va­tive. There­fore, data from field stud­ies needs to be gath­ered round the year. When cor­rob­o­rated with mod­el­ing and stud­ies, the find­ings can pro­vide us with a clearer pic­ture on the im­pacts of cli­mate change.

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