Hello, Doooodeeee....... Navy: Time is now to prep for ice-free Arctic - Navy News, news from Iraq - Navy Times Navy: Time is now to prep for ice-free Arctic By Lance M. Bacon - Staff writer Posted : Tuesday Feb 2, 2010 12:43:37 EST The Navy will soon have a new battlefield on its hands. Climate changes near the North Pole have been dramatic. The amount of summertime ice has decreased by half over the past 50 years. The ice is also 50 percent thinner, resulting in greater seasonal variations. The Arctic is changing, and it is changing rapidly, said Rear Adm. David Titley, oceanographer of the Navy. If the Navy does not start looking at this today we could wake up in seven or eight years and find ourselves way behind the power curve. Climate experts predict several weeks of ice-free conditions each year, meaning there will be less than 10 percent aerial ice coverage. Navigable waters would likely bring trans-Arctic container shipping, fishermen and even ill-advised thrill seekers. All will meet in a resource-rich region buried beneath disputed claims, untested treaties and five nations vying for their share of sovereignty.