One of the most visible changes has been the drastic reduction in summer sea ice extent and volume throughout the Arctic, which has intensified in the Chukchi
and Beaufort Seas since 2000 (Frey et al.
Three ships, the M/V Aiviq, the M/V Dino Chouest, and the M/V Ross Chouest, arrived in midsummer to take advantage of the few weeks the Chukchi
and Beaufort are usually ice-free each year.
President Obama in January 2015 designated portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi
Seas off limits from consideration for future oil and gas leasing in order to protect areas of critical importance to subsistence use by Alaska Natives, as well as for their unique and sensitive environmental resources.
The exploratory well was the first in the Chukchi
in 24 years.
Shell obtained the leases in the Chukchi
during the administration of former President George W Bush.
The George W Bush administration proposed opening just about all of the Beaufort and Chukchi
The Interior Department's approval of Shell's multi-year exploration plan in the Chukchi
Sea is a huge victory for Shell and the oil industry, which has long sought to drill in the environmentally sensitive waters of the Arctic.
Hanna Shoal rises from the shallow Chukchi
Sea and teems with plankton, clams and marine worms that attract walrus and bearded seals.
The world in pictures with Daily Post Head of Images Hadyn Iball | Pacific walruses are pictured in a gap in the ice in the Chukchi
|Sea off the coast of Alaska.
The first FAA-approved commercial drones launched on September 12 from a ship in the Chukchi
Sea, off the North coast of Alaska.
Huge numbers of walruses were first spotted on the coast of the Chukchi
sea in 2007.
, or as they call themselves, the Luoravetlan, live in far northeastern Siberia near the Bering Strait.
Page-filling color photo portraits of polar bears, a Chukchi
Eskimo dancer in traditional dress, Northern lights, Mt.
That decision included a green light for a pipeline to be built through the NPR-A to carry oil and gas from the Beaufort and Chukchi
On four more excursions north of the Beaufort and Chukchi
seas through 2010--all from November to April--the plane's sensors detected the same taint of methane in low-altitude air over broken patches of ice, Kort and collaborators report in the May Nature Geoscience.