Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Big Melt - Arctic sea ice maximum area in 2015 - lowest on record

On February 25, 2015, Arctic sea ice area reached its annual maximum extent, marking the beginning of the sea ice melt season. 

This year’s maximum area not only occurred early; it is also the lowest in the satellite record. 

The monthly average Arctic sea ice area for March 2015 was also the lowest in the satellite record.

sea ice trend graph

Arctic sea ice is reported daily, by the United States National Snow and Ice Data Center.
time series
More graphs and other data are also available from the Arctic Data Archive System, operated by the Japanese Arctic Environmental Observation Center.

Research suggests the remarkable decline of  Arctic sea ice over the last century is far beyond anything seen for a long time. 

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