Arctic Sea Ice Restoration

Arctic Sea Ice Restoration

Arctic Sea Ice Restoration 2400 1600 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Arctic Reflections – The Netherlands

Arctic Sea Ice Restoration aims to restore the Arctic ice by thickening the ice in winter through pumping sea water on top of it in strategically chosen locations across the Arctic Sea.

Global warming has reduced the Arctic sea ice volume already by 75% over the last 40 years, and even in the most optimistic carbon emissions reduction scenarios, the Arctic sea is expected to experience ice-free summers as early as the thirties. This will further accelerate the climate crisis and start a series of devastating feedbacks, since the Arctic sea ice functions as the earth’s refrigerator by reflecting the sun’s heat back into space.

Start Date: 01/09/2023
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: Tom Meijeraan (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 5- Ocean-Climate Nexus
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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