China Starts Off Sixth Arctic Expedition to Study the North Pole
China will be embarking on its sixth Arctic expedition on July 11 from Shanghai to study the North Pole and how the climate changes in the region is affecting the world. Around 65 scientists will be taking part of the 76 day expedition.
This will be the sixth trip that China will be making into the region since 1999, and by exploring the Arctic Ocean is vital to understanding the link of the increase in extreme weather in China due to the climate changes in the Arctic region. As temperatures gets warmer, scientist from around the world are now trying to understand the Arctic role in the global climate change. Scientists are agreeing that the summer melting of the Arctic ice is giving serious consequences to the earth’s climate. Chinese scientists think that the summer climate in the Arctic is affecting precipitation in China. Only when they can collect sufficient samples on the atmospheric and ocean data in the region is when scientists can explain how the climate is affecting China.
Further more in addition to studying the regions impact on climate change, a surge of interest in the Arctic due to the rich natural resources. The US Geological Company currently estimates that 30 percent of the Arctic contains gas deposits and 13 percent is undiscovered oil resources. A possibility of a short commercial ocean route is also seen during the summer.
Just like the other countries China is interested in the resources that can be discovered in Arctic and along the Northern Seas Route.