Earth  ID: 3552

Yearly Antarctic Sea Ice Minima from 1979 through 2008

This visualization shows Antarctic sea ice minima from 1979 through 2008. Near the end of each southern hemisphere summer (usually in February), the Antarctic sea ice cover reaches its minimum extent and what is left is called the perennial ice cover which consists mainly of thick multi-year ice floes.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Josefino Comiso (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Thanks to Rob Gerston (GSFC) for providing the data.

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Data Used:
SSMI sea ice data: 1979/02/17, 1980/03/01, 1981/02/18, 1982/02/21, 1983/02/24, 1984/02/19, 1985/02/19, 1986/02/28, 1987/02/21, 1988/02/24, 1989/02/16, 1990/02/21, 1991/02/28, 1992/02/21, 1993/02/14, 1994/02/11, 1995/02/14, 1996/02/20, 1997/02/19, 1998/02/17, 1999/02/21, 2000/02/16, 2001/02/19, 2002/02/16, 2003/02/16, 2004/02/20, 2005/02/14, 2006/02/19, 2007/02/19, 2008/02/16
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Special Sensor Microwave Imager
Comiso's Daily Sea Ice Concentration
Data Compilation - NASA/GSFC
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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