A huge part of the Arctic ocean is shifting to an Atlantic climate.

The Independent Newspaper reported on 27th June 2018 that scientists studying one of the fastest-warming regions of the global ocean say changes in this region are so sudden and vast that in effect, it will soon be another limb of the Atlantic, rather than a characteristically icy Arctic sea.

Less sea ice is floating down through the northern Barents Sea from higher Arctic latitudes, the research shows. Indeed, the lack of sea ice in the northern Barents Sea has been a regular feature of charts lately – at this very moment, an enormous stretch of ocean in this area that has traditionally been ice covered is currently open.

This lack of sea ice was witnessed during the Polar Ocean Challenge, led by WWW Founder David Hempleman-Adams in 2016, which saw the crew circumnavigate the Arctic ocean in just 4 months. Despite a few days delay due to getting stuck in ice during the Northeast Passage, very little ice was seen along the whole route.

IMAGE: Northabout – the yacht that carried the crew of the Polar Ocean Challenge – anchored to a stamukha.