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 Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Datasets used in this visualization
Comiso's Daily Sea Ice ConcentrationID: 539Data Compilation NASA/GSFC 08/26/2012
DMSPID: 11Collected with SSM/I 1979 - 2010, 2012
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Special Sensor Microwave ImagerSee all pages that use this dataset
DMSP Average Sea Ice Minimum (Comiso's Average Sea Ice Minimum from 1979 through 2010)ID: 756Data Compilation Collected with SSMI NASA 1979 - 2010
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