This year marks a historically poor ice-winter, reports Swedish Radio News.
Ice covered at most, approximately 45,000 square kilometres of the Gulf of Bothnia, almost ten times less than the winter of 1986-87.
The reason for this record-low is the fact that temperatures in all areas of the Baltic Sea have been above, or far above what is considered to be normal.
“There will not be any net-growth of ocean-ice in any area during the current season”, says Amund E B Lindberg, oceanographer and ocean-ice expert at SMHI’s ice-department.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Report warns more Arctic shipping will increase warming, affect health, Radio Canada International
Norway: Climate change will lead to ecosystem clash, Barents Observer
United States: Arctic sea ice ‘thinning dramatically’, study finds, Barents Observer