Sea Ice Minimum Extent for 1979-2004

  • Released Monday, December 6th, 2004
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:56PM
  • ID: 3065

This animation shows the annual minimum sea ice extent and concentration for 25 years, from 1979 to 2004. The year 2002 showed lowest level of sea ice on record. This visualization was created in support of the December 2004 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting. NOTE: this version has a slightly different camera angle than the 2003 version, animation ID 2850 (the original camera angle was lost).



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.


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Datasets used in this visualization

DMSP (Collected with the SSM/I sensor)

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Special Sensor Microwave Imager

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(Collected with the GTOPO30 sensor)
Model USGS
Terra and Aqua BMNG (A.K.A. Blue Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

Dataset can be found at:

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Comiso's September Minimum Sea Ice Concentration
Data Compilation NASA/GSFC 1979-2004

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