Retired German meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls writes at the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) that the Arctic has stopped melting over the past years.
By Klaus-Eckart Puls
THIS is how it is presented in the media (e.g. Germany’s polar ice minimum portal:
The Arctic sea ice minimum in 2023 was on September 19, according to the current status. The sea ice over the Arctic Ocean still covered 4.23 million square kilometers. Compared to the other 45 years since satellite measurements began, it is the sixth smallest. This was reported by … NSIDC .”
In other words: The absolute Arctic ice minimum in summer was 2007 – consequently 16 years ago; since then there is a significant trend towards more ice!
Greenland mass balance gaining
And also the Greenland ice has been increasing for several years, as the Danish Meteorological Institute documents annually in its Polar Portal:
In the following graph from the DMI of October 4, 2023 we have:
There are some small areas with minor mass losses in the marginal areas of Greenland – on the other hand there are larger areas with mass increase.
In the mass balance over the years 1881-2010 (grey+black) and also 2022-2023 an increase is recognizable! Only in the summer months June-August there is the expected summer melting process, with subsequent mass increase above the zero line upwards.
The Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet are showing a trend towards ice growth.