LIVING ON THIN ICE

Sea ice is more than just a mass of frozen water – it plays an important role in the global climate. The presence of sea ice stabilises the climate by acting as a barrier between the underlying ocean and the atmosphere, thus limiting the amount of solar energy absorbed by the earth and preventing oceanic heating. This layer of ice also provides habitat for animals – like the polar bear – with extreme adaptations to live in this hostile environment of snow and ice.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF SEA ICE
Sea ice does not only grow or melt. During its life span, the cover of sea ice undergoes deformation caused by changing conditions of wind, ocean currents, water temperature and air temperature. READ MORE

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SEA ICE
Sea ice is more than just a mass of frozen water – it plays an important role in the global climate. The presence of sea ice stabilises the climate by acting as a barrier between the underlying ocean and the atmosphere. READ MORE

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PREFERABLE SEA ICE FOR POLAR BEARS
Not all sea ice is suitable for polar bears. They need a certain thickness and concentration of sea ice before they can use it as a platform for walking, resting and hunting. READ MORE

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ARCTIC SEA ICE EXTENT
Overall sea ice extent is one of the main parameters used to measure changes in the Arctic, but it is a somewhat superficial measurement that does not reflect the actual degree or impact of sea ice loss. READ MORE