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AMSR-E Arctic Sea Ice: September 2009 to March 2010

Sea ice is frozen seawater floating on the surface of the ocean. Some sea ice is semi-permanent, persisting from year to year, and some is seasonal, melting and refreezing from season to season. The sea ice cover reaches its minimum extent at the end of each summer and the remaining ice is called the perennial ice cover.

In this animation, the Arctic sea ice and seasonal land cover change progress through time, from September 1, 2009 when sea ice in the Arctic was near its minimum extent, through March 30, 2010. The animation plays at a rate of six frames per day or ten days per second. Over the water, Arctic sea ice changes from day to day showing a running 3-day maximum sea ice concentration in the region where the concentration is greater than 15%. The blueish white color of the sea ice is derived from a 3-day running maximum of the AMSR-E 89 GHz brightness temperature. Over the terrain, monthly data from the seasonal Blue Marble Next Generation fades slowly from month to month.

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The composite animation showing the sea ice over a star field background with dates.    The composite animation showing the sea ice over a star field background with dates.
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The sea ice animation without the dates or star background with transparency.    The sea ice animation without the dates or star background with transparency.
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The star background with transparency.    The star background with transparency.

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The date sequence with transparency.    The date sequence with transparency.

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A print resolution image of the Arctic sea ice with a star background on March 6, 2010.    A print resolution image of the Arctic sea ice with a star background on March 6, 2010.

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A print resolution image of the Arctic sea ice with a star background on March 31, 2010.    A print resolution image of the Arctic sea ice with a star background on March 31, 2010.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3698
Animation Number:3698
Completed:2010-04-05
Animators:Cindy Starr (GST) (Lead)
 Helen-Nicole Kostis (UMBC)
 Trent L. Schindler (UMBC)
Video Editors:Laura Motel (UMBC)
 Rich Melnick (HTSI)
Producer:Michelle Williams (UMBC)
Scientist:Josefino Comiso (NASA/GSFC)
Project Support:James W. Williams (GST)
 Shiloh Heurich (GST)
Writer:Kathryn Hansen (Wyle Information Systems)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Aqua/AMSR-E/Daily L3 12.5km Tb, Sea Ice Concentration, and Snow Depth (09-01-2009 through 03-30-2010)
 Aqua/AMSR-E/Daily L3 6.25 km 89 GHz Brightness Temperature (Tb) (09-01-2009 through 03-30-2010)
 Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble Land Cover (Jan. - Dec. 2004)
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
 
Keywords:
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Land Ice
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
SVS >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Snow/Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Ice Extent
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Ice Floes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Ice Growth/Melt
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Ice Types
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Pack Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Sea Ice Concentration
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Sea Ice Motion
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Freeze/Thaw
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Extent
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Growth/Melt
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Motion
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Lake Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Extent
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Motion
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Lake Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice >> Ice Extent
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice >> Ice Growth/Melt
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice >> Pack Ice
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Ice Melt >> Seasons
SVS >> Perennial Ice Cover
SVS >> Ice Melt >> Climate Change
 
 


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Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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