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International Ice Patrol's 2003 Seasonal Iceberg Data

The International Ice Patrol (IIP) continuously gathers iceberg sightings and compiles them into an annual database, effectively tracking the location of numerous North Atlantic icebergs. Since these icebergs intersect major shipping lanes tracking them is essential for ocean travel safety. This animation not only tracks the speed and distance travelled of individual icebergs, but symbolically distinguishes their relative sizes by keeping growlers, bergy bits, and small icebergs small, while bigger icebergs are sized larger. Disclaimer: The size of icebergs depicted are relative to one another, but not true to scale. Had they been true to scale, most would not be visible from this distance.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Fred J. Gunther (CSC): Scientist
Walt Meier (NSIDC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Seasonal Iceberg Locations
Database - International Ice Patrol (IIP) - 2003/02/20 - 2003/07/15
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:
Cryosphere 2003

GCMD >> Earth Science >> Hydrosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Glaciers/Ice Sheets >> Icebergs
GCMD >> Location >> Maine
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Ice Floes
SVS >> Oceans >> Atlantic
SVS >> Hydrosphere >> Ice
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: 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