Special Announcement - 2012 Arctic Report Card Update Now Available

Date: 
10 December 2012

Special Announcement
2012 Arctic Report Card Update Now Available

For further information, please go to:
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/

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The 2012 update of the web-based Arctic Report Card is now available at:
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/

The arctic region continued to break records in 2012 -- among them, the
loss of summer sea ice, late spring snow cover, and melting of the
Greenland ice sheet -- as the region settles into a new state. This was
true even though air temperatures in the Arctic were unremarkable
relative to the last decade.

Major findings include record lows in snow and arctic sea ice extent,
record-setting glacier and Greenland ice sheet melt, and greening of the
tundra, with varied impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The
record-breaking year also indicates that it is unlikely that conditions
can quickly return to their former state.

The material presented in Report Card 2012 was prepared by an
international team of 141 scientists from 15 different countries,
assisted by section coordinators and the editorial team. The Circumpolar
Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) of the Conservation of Arctic
Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council solicited
essays for the Marine Ecosystem and Terrestrial Ecosystem sections.
Independent peer-review of Report Card 2012 was organized by the Arctic
Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) of the Arctic Council.
Support for the Arctic Report Card is provided by the NOAA Climate
Program Office through the Arctic Research Program.

To view the 2012 Arctic Report Card update, please go to:
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/.

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