Faculty Advisor

Mitrea, Irina

Faculty Advisor

Volkov, Darko


The purpose of this IQP is to examine the importance of studying the shrinking Arctic Sea Ice cover, its effect on the ecosystems, and to perform statistics based computer stimulations in order to predict the decline of Arctic Sea Ice. We also present an overview of dynamic climate models as they relate to sea ice. This paper uses information obtained from the National Sea and Ice Data Center and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's websites among other sources. It was found that the decline in Sea Ice has been underestimated thus far by climate models, and summer sea ice may disappear as soon as 2030.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences