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Melt Ponds Cause Arctic Sea Ice to Melt More Rapidly

However, at the same time the organisms in and beneath the ice will have more light available to them in future. Whether and how they will cope with the new brightness is currently being investigated in cooperation with biologists.

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Title of the Study: “Changes in Arctic Sea Ice Result in Increasing Light Transmittance and Absorption”
Authors: M. Nicolaus, C. Katlein, J. Maslanik and S. Hendricks
Published online in Geophysical Research Letters on 29 December 2012, Volume 39, Issue 24; DOI: 10.1029/2012GL053738
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The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) conducts research in the Arctic and Antarctic and in the high and mid-latitude oceans. The Institute coordinates German polar research and provides important infrastructure such as the research ice-breaker Polarstern and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic to the international scientific world. The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the 18 research centres of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organisation in Germany.

Source: AWI.