2014 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Sixth Lowest on Record

Thursday 25th Sep 2014 by theWeather Club

2014 Arctic Sea Ice minimum: The red line in this image shows the 1981-2010 average minimum extent. Data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio


On 17th September 2014, Arctic sea ice hit its annual minimum, continuing to fall below-average. Analysis from NASA and NSIDC scientists found that this year Arctic sea ice receeded to 1.94 million square miles, which is similar to 2013’s minimum and below the 1981-2010 average of 2.40 million square miles.

"Arctic sea ice coverage in 2014 is the sixth lowest recorded since 1978. The summer started off relatively cool, and lacked the big storms or persistent winds that can break up ice and increase melting," said Walter Meier, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.

More information here >> http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/september/2014-arctic-sea-ice-minimum-sixth-lowest-on-record/

Download a film about the sea ice minimum here >> http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a011600/a011654/