How will global warming affect Svalbard?

Svalbard has sea ice in winter, and glaciers all the year round, but it is also warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, a warm current that continues from the Gulf Stream.

Global warming may change the movement, direction and temperature of the ocean currents, so any change will mean colder temperatures for Svalbard, at least for a while.

If the North Atlantic Drift continues to warm the islands then the sea ice will disappear, forcing polar bears to hunt on land, or to move north, closer to the pole.
Svalbard has sea ice in winter, and glaciers all the year round, but it is also warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, a warm current that continues from the Gulf Stream.

Global warming may change the movement, direction and temperature of the ocean currents, so any change will mean colder temperatures for Svalbard, at least for a while.

If the North Atlantic Drift continues to warm the islands then the sea ice will disappear, forcing polar bears to hunt on land, or to move north, closer to the pole.