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Sea Ice Scientist Calls for Improvements in Sea Ice Research

US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska, via flickr

480 vessels from all around the world passed through the Bering Strait last year, and more are expected this summer.  Among the vessels are Suez-max supertankers making the northern sea route over Russia. The short shipping season is entirely dependent on the sea ice coverage, which coastal residents know is changing at a rapid pace. For Alaska to be ready for the vast increase in shipping and industrial activity, one sea ice scientist is calling for improvements in research and a different way of thinking about how scientists work with the coast’s resident sea ice experts.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story: