Researchers rush to develop methods for refreezing the Arctic

Researchers are exploring innovative ways to refreeze the Arctic in an effort to combat the effects of climate change. One approach involves creating a “heat shield” made of ice to help thicken the ice surface and prevent further warming. Dutch startup Arctic Reflections is leading the charge by strategically pumping seawater onto selected locations in the Arctic, with the aim of freezing it on top of the existing ice.

Inspired by the method of flooding fields to create ice rinks, this natural heat shield could provide a sustainable solution without relying on harmful chemicals. While it may not offer a permanent fix, it could buy valuable time to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the rising global temperatures. This initiative, highlighted in a recent video by The Wall Street Journal, showcases the ongoing efforts to protect the Arctic environment and preserve its ice cover.