"While the Southern Ocean around Antarctica has been warming for decades, the
annual extent of winter sea ice seemed relatively stable – compared to the
Arctic. In some areas Antarctic sea ice was even increasing.
That was until 2016, when everything changed. The annual extent of winter sea
ice stopped increasing. Now we have had two years of record lows.
In 2018 the international scientific community agreed to produce the first
marine ecosystem assessment for the Southern Ocean. We modelled the assessment
process on a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC). So the resulting “summary for policymakers” being released today is
like an IPCC report for the Southern Ocean.
This report can now be used to guide decision-making for the protection and
conservation of this vital region and the diversity of life it contains."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics