NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says 2010 could tie 1998 as the warmest year on record. The Northwest and Northeast Passages were open for the third straight year; sea ice thickness was 70% below the average of the last 30 years. Alaska’s growing season is now 123 days.
As a civil engineering student, I take our changing climate as a significant challenge that directly impacts the work we do and the infrastructure we build. Climate change is seen in various ways such as rising global temperatures, more frequent and extreme weather events along with rising sea