Newly Released Temperature Data Make the Barents Arctic Earth’s Fastest-warming Region

Scientific Reports, 15 June 2022

New data from the North Barents Sea area show annual average temperatures have increased by up to 2.7°C per decade, with particularly high rises in the autumn months of up to 4°C per decade. This data, which would make the Barents the fastest warming region on the planet, is based on weather station monitoring of surface air temperatures on the islands of Svalbard and Franz Josef Land. Authors note that such continued warming in the region would produce increases in extreme weather events across North America, Europe and Asia.