Climate Change

How did climate change shape the Arctic over 2022?

This shift toward wetter Arctic conditions can disrupt the lives of animals and plants. Image: Pexels/Ryutaro Tsukata

Matthew L. Druckenmiller
Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado Boulder
Rick Thoman
Alaska Climate Specialist, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Twila Moon
Deputy Lead Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado Boulder
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A graphic showing 2022 Arctic wide headlines.
The Arctic is now seeing more rainfall when historically it would be snowing. Image: The Conversation.

A graphic showing significant increase in Arctic precipitation across all seasons.
A graphic showing significant increase in Arctic precipitation across all seasons. Image: The Conversation.
A graphic showing Arctic sea ice decline.
The Arctic atmosphere is also warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the globe. Image: The Conversation.
A graphic showing how the arctic is warming and outpacing the global average.
The Arctic's average temperature has soared since the late 2010s. Image: The Conversation.

A graphic showing snow cover decline in the Arctic and continued trend of shorter snow seasons.
The June snow cover extent across the Arctic is declining at a rate of nearly 20% per decade. Image: The Conversation.

A graphic showing 2022 Greenland ice sheet surface melt from over the years.
The Greenland ice sheet experienced an unprecedented late-season melt event across 36% of the ice sheet surface. Image: The Conversation.

Satellite-based ship data since 2009 clearly show that maritime ship traffic has increased in the Arctic.
Satellite-based ship data since 2009 clearly show that maritime ship traffic has increased in the Arctic. Image: The Conversation.
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