Changes in the Climate of the Alaskan North Slope and the Ice Concentration in the Adjacent Beaufort Sea

G. Wendler, M. Shulski, B. Moore
University of Alaska Fairbanks

A reliable data set of Arctic sea ice concentration based on satellite observations exists since 1972. Over this time period of 36 years western arctic temperatures have increased; the temperature rise varies significantly from one season to another and over multi-year time scales. In contrast to most of Alaska, however, on the North Slope the warming continued after 1976, when a circulation change occurred, as expressed in the PDO index. The mean temperature increase for Barrow over the 36-year period was 2.9°C, a very substantial change.

2009, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol 99, 67-74