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NY Daily News: Melting sea ice could be arctic's tragic thaw

Daily News cites UC math analysis of global average temperatures and arctic sea ice

The New York Daily News examined research by the University of Cincinnati that predicted the Arctic Ocean could lose all of its sea ice through September each year if global average temperatures increase by as little as 2 degrees.

The Daily News called this scenario the arctic's "tragic thaw."

"The target is the sensitivity of sea ice to temperature," UC assistant professor of math Won Chang told the Daily News. "What is the minimum global temperature chance that eliminates all arctic sea ice in September? What's the tipping point?

Chang, a climate scientist, collaborated with an international team of researchers to develop models examining the likelihood of losing sea ice. September traditionally is the month that sees the least sea ice over the short Arctic summer before it freezes over again during the long winter.

The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.

Featured image at top: University of Cincinnati assistant professor of math Won Chang talks about his latest climate science research in his office. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services.