As the atmosphere warms, however, that ice has shrunk to historically low levels, according to satellite data.
What if you could rev up the Arctic ice maker and build new layers of sea ice to counteract the warming effects of climate change?
The idea is to kick off a positive feedback loop, says Leslie Field, founder and CEO of Ice911 Research, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.
Making the surface more reflective during the spring and summer months could prevent sea ice from absorbing as much heat and reduce its melting.
She also holds dozens of patents and has worked at HP Labs and Agilent Labs.
The Ice911 project is one of several geoengineering projects being considered by researchers who fear political leaders aren’t doing enough to force necessary cutbacks in emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.