Just like last year, I had the opportunity and time to visit
the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016. There were several sessions on subjects related to the cryosphere and remote sensing, but most of the interesting Arctic sea ice-related stuff was happening on Thursday.
So, that's when I went to Vienna.
The day started quite strongly with a press conference called Sea ice decline in the Arctic. Dr. Alexandra Jahn from the University of Colorado talked about models and internal climate variability and Dr. Dobrynin from Uni Hamburg talked about how - as the Arctic loses more sea ice - there will be more, bigger waves eroding coasts and shallow seabeds, etc. This was all very interesting and how I expected a scientific press conference to be: about research looking at the past or the future, based on a painstaking and time-consuming process that involves lots of hypothesizing and data crunching.
However, to my surprise, yet another speaker was talking about the things we like to talk about here and on the Arctic Sea Ice Forum, things that are happening now, things that affect the melting season. Dr. Marcel Nicolaus from the Alfred Wegener Institute explained how a very warm winter resulted in less ice growth (check this previous blog post called CryoSat-2 confirms: sea ice volume is low), and as a consequence this melting season could be seeing new record lows. Depending on the weather, of course.
Robert McSweeney from Carbon Brief asked Dr. Nicolaus and several other scientists about their views on this:
So, that was pretty cool. After the press conference I had time to upload a few images to the ASIF and then went on my way to visit the oral session called Rapid changes in sea ice: processes and implications.
The session consisted of various interesting presentations.
Here's an overview: