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Arctic Sea Ice on August 26, 2012

This visualization shows the extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its smallest extent ever recorded in more than three decades of satellite measurements, according to scientists from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The data is from the U.S. Defense Meteorological Satellite Program's Special Sensor Microwave/Imager. The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010, as measured by satellites. Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its "minimum" before colder weather builds the ice cover back up. The size of this minimum remains in a long-term decline. The extent on Aug. 26. 2012 broke the previous record set on Sept. 18, 2007. But the 2012 melt season could still continue for several weeks.
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The sea ice concentration from August 26, 2012 compared to the average sea ice minimum from 1979 through 2010 shown in orange.    The sea ice concentration from August 26, 2012 compared to the average sea ice minimum from 1979 through 2010 shown in orange.

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The sea ice concentration from August 26, 2012 with transparency.    The sea ice concentration from August 26, 2012 with transparency.

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The 2012 overlay showing the land area, average sea ice minimum line and date with transparency.    The 2012 overlay showing the land area, average sea ice minimum line and date with transparency.

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The sea ice concentration from September 21, 1979 compared to the average sea ice minimum from 1979 through 2010 shown in orange.    The sea ice concentration from September 21, 1979 compared to the average sea ice minimum from 1979 through 2010 shown in orange.

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The minimum sea ice from September 21, 1979.    The minimum sea ice from September 21, 1979.

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The 1979 overlay showing the land area, average sea ice minimum line and date with transparency.    The 1979 overlay showing the land area, average sea ice minimum line and date with transparency.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3977
Animation Number:3977
Completed:2012-08-27
Animators:Cindy Starr (GST) (Lead)
 Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
 Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)
Producer:Jefferson Beck (USRA)
Scientists:Josefino Comiso (NASA/GSFC)
 Robert Gersten (RSIS)
Project Support:Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
 Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:DMSP/SSMI/Comiso's Average Sea Ice Minimum from 1979 through 2010 (1979 - 2010)
 DMSP/SSM/I (1979 - 2010, 2012)
 Comiso's Daily Sea Ice Concentration (08/26/2012)
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
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
SVS >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Sea Ice Concentration
 
 


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