Arctic Landscape Photography Prints

This is a collection of fine art nature landscape photography prints by Jess Lee featuring photography of the Arctic Landscape.

This is a gallery of fine art landscape photography by Jess Lee featuring Arctic landscapes. Landscape fine art prints can bring beauty and peacefulness into your home or office.

Arctic, a land of change

The effects of global warming in the Arctic include rising temperatures, loss of sea ice, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet. Potential methane release from the region, especially through the thawing of permafrost and methane clathrates, is also a concern. Because of the amplified response of the Arctic to global warming, it is often seen as a leading indicator of global warming. The melting of Greenland's ice sheet is linked to polar amplification.[36][37]

Arctic sea ice coverage as of 2007 compared to 2005 and compared to 1979–2000 average

The Arctic is especially vulnerable to the effects of any climate change, as has become apparent with the reduction of sea ice in recent years. Climate models predict much greater warming in the Arctic than the global average,[38] resulting in significant international attention to the region. In particular, there are concerns that Arctic shrinkage, a consequence of melting glaciers and other ice in Greenland, could soon contribute to a substantial rise in sea levels worldwide.[39]

The current Arctic warming is leading to ancient carbon being released from thawing permafrost, leading to methane and carbon dioxide production by micro-organisms.[40][41] Release of methane and carbon dioxide stored in permafrost could cause abrupt and severe global warming,[42] as they are potent greenhouse gases.[43]

Climate change is also predicted to have a large impact on tundra vegetation, causing an increase of shrubs,[44] and having a negative impact on bryophytes and lichens.[45]

Apart from concerns regarding the detrimental effects of warming in the Arctic, some potential opportunities have gained attention. The melting of the ice is making the Northwest Passage, the shipping routes through the northernmost latitudes, more navigable, raising the possibility that the Arctic region will become a prime trade route.[46] One harbinger of the opening navigability of the Arctic took place in the summer of 2016 when the Crystal Serenity successfully navigated the Northwest Passage, a first for a large cruise ship.[47] In addition, it is believed that the Arctic seabed may contain substantial oil fields which may become accessible if the ice covering them melts.[48] These factors have led to recent international debates as to which nations can claim sovereignty or ownership over the waters of the Arctic.[49][50][51][52]