Almost all the ice covering the Bering Sea has melted, scientists have confirmed, throwing communities living around its shores into disarray.
The region’s ice cover normally persists for at least another month, and this year it has vanished earlier than any other year except 2017. . .
A report released by the International Arctic Research Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has outlined the real-world effects of these stunning environmental changes on the many communities that inhabit the Bering Sea region.
“The low sea ice is already impacting the lives and livelihoods of people in western Alaska coastal communities by restricting hunting and fishing, which are the mainstays of the economies of these communities,” Dr Thoman told The Washington Post.
We've fallen off a cliff: very little sea ice remains in the Bering Sea. From @NSIDC data, ice extent fell below 10% of the 1981-2010 average max extent on April 23, four weeks earlier than any other spring except last year. #akwx #Arctic @Climatologist49 @ZLabe @lisashefguy pic.twitter.com/ShQYDZL5Jf
— Rick Thoman (@AlaskaWx) April 29, 2018
“Travel between communities via boat or snowmachine was difficult and limited due to thin, unstable sea ice,” the report said. (Read more from “Almost All of the Ice Covering the Bering Sea Has Melted, Throwing Alaskan Communities into Disarray” HERE)