Scientists confirm the melting of ice covering the Bering Sea, according to a report published on May 6, 2018.
The communities living around its shores will be largely affected by the melting of ice. The Bering Sea is located in the northern Pacific Ocean between Alaska and Russia. The sea experienced the pressure of climate change and unprecedented levels of winter melting.
In February, around half of the region’s ice disappeared within two weeks due to the increase in Arctic temperatures. The real-world effects of these environmental changes on the people living around its shores was outlined in a report released by the International Arctic Research Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Dr. Rick Thoman, a climatologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, “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.” Also, sometimes there was not enough ice for harvesting marine mammals, fish or crabs.
Animals also were affected by this lack of stability. Long-term global warming and an unfortunate confluence of weather events are the major drivers that has led to the melting of ice covering the Bering Sea. According to the readings that was collected from across the region, it was confirmed that both ocean and air temperatures were very high in the months leading up to and during the melting events of this year. Air currents over the Arctic that guided storms into the region and drew warmer air from the tropics made the temperature even worse. The formation of ice was disturbed by the storms before it became stable.