Earth  ID: 4215

North Polar Sea Ice Minimum, 2014

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Sea ice acts as an air conditioner for the planet, reflecting energy from the Sun. On September 17, the Arctic Sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2014 — at 1.94 million square miles (5.02 million square kilometers), it’s the sixth lowest extent of the satellite record. With warmer temperatures and thinner, less resilient ice, the Arctic sea ice is on a downward trend. The red line in the still image indicates the average ice extent over the 30 year period between 1981 and 2011.
 

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Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Lead Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Joy Ng (USRA): Producer
Walt Meier (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Nathan T. Kurtz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Project Support
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Mission:
Terra

Data Used:
SHIZUKU (GCOM-W1)/AMSR2/10 km Daily Sea Ice Concentration
Observed Data - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Credit:
AMSR2 data courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
SHIZUKU (GCOM-W1)/AMSR2/10 km Daily 89 GHz Brightness Temperature
Observed Data - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Credit:
AMSR2 data courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
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The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
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Keywords:
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators >> Cryospheric Indicators >> Ice Growth/melt
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Ice Caps
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Growth/Melt
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Ice Extent
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Ice Edges
SVS >> Ice
DLESE >> Cryology

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 8.0.0.0.0