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.