Surface air temperature [Arctic essays]

Overland, J. and Hanna, Edward and Hanssen-Bauer, I. and Kim, S.-J. and Walsh, J.E. and Wang, M. and Bhatt, U.S. and Thoman, R.L. (2016) Surface air temperature [Arctic essays]. Arctic Report Card 2016 . ISSN .

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Abstract

•The average annual surface air temperature anomaly over land north of 60° N for October 2015-September 2016 (+2.0° C, relative to a 1981-2010 baseline) was by far highest in the observational record beginning in 1900; this represents a 3.5° C increase since the beginning of the 20th Century.
•Arctic temperatures continue to increase at double the rate of the global temperature increase.
•Extreme Arctic-wide air warm temperatures in winter 2016 (Jan-Mar) greatly exceeding the previous record; several locations showed January anomalies exceeding +8° C. These conditions were primarily due to southerly winds moving warm air into the Arctic from mid-latitudes and the presences of sea ice free areas to the northeast of Novaya Zemlya.
•Neutral to cold temperature anomalies occurred across the central Arctic Ocean in summer 2016; a condition which did not support rapid summer sea ice loss.

Keywords:surface air temperature, JCOpen
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F890 Geographical and Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:26152
Deposited On:17 Feb 2017 11:10

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