Science 16-foot waves in the Arctic: a harbinger of ice-free summers?

Until recently, the Arctic Ocean's central Beaufort Sea was ice-covered throughout the summer. But with a greater expanse of open water, scientists are tracking how waves and well-traveled swells could accelerate the loss of summer ice.

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Triggered by a powerful September storm, waves the height of a diesel locomotive rolled through the Arctic Ocean's central Beaufort Sea in September 2012, an event scientists have captured in the first study of waves and swells in that region.