with Cambridge Glaciology Professor Peter Wadhams (Part ONE of TWO)
Peter Wadhams is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK. With over 40 years of research on Arctic sea ice, icebergs and polar oceanography, he is considered one of the leading experts in his field.
Recently Wadhams has gone public on an additional danger related to the loss of sea ice. The Arctic summer ends in September and observations show a tendency of shrinking ice followed by a dramatic lack of re-growth of ice during the subsequent Arctic winter. Wadhams has made studies from submarines that show that the new ice is thin and slushy and easily broken up by winds. An ice free Arctic in September would accelerate the already occurring methane releases from the permafrost land areas and the shallow waters along the continental shelves. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.
Professor Peter Wadhams gave me permission to adapt for radio an interview he gave to Judy Sole on May 15, 2015. Judy Sole is founding the University of Earth in South Africa.