2013 Sea Ice Stats
On March 15, 2013, Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent, marking the beginning of the sea ice melt season. This year’s maximum extent was the sixth lowest in the satellite record. All data courtesy of NSIDC.
Arctic Ocean Acidification
The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) working group has released the first ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification.
Frozen Oceans Education
The Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is based on the Catlin Arctic Survey expeditions and is available for download and use in both the classroom and at home.
Ice Age Research
High levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere mean the next ice age is unlikely to begin for at least 1,500 years, according to a recently published article in the journal Nature Geoscience.
3.6 million sq km was the minimum sea ice extent in 2012.
6.7 million sql km – the average extend of sea ice for September 1979-2000.
2012 was the lowest sea ice extend in satellite record.
The Catlin Arctic Survey expeditions brought polar explorers and scientists together to measure the impacts of climate change on the Arctic environment.
Hard won data from the Catlin Arctic Survey expeditions has been analysed and the results published in various scientific journals.
Frozen Oceans Education
Based on the expeditions of the Catlin Arctic Survey this award winning programme of lessons and resources is designed for students between the ages of 7 and 15.
Catlin Seaview Survey
Catlin is currently the lead sponsor of the Catlin Seaview Survey, a major scientific project recording the health of the world’s coral reefs.
Sleeping at ice base
Scientist answers questions
Power of teamwork
Moving sea ice
Igloo video diary
Ice base location
Getting about in a storm
Drilling the ice
Describing science lab
Crack under tent
CNN visit to ice base
Clearing snow in wind
Channel 4 news item
Catlin ocean currents
Building toilet tent
A rude awakening
Ann melting snow
Ann hand bag
Ann food bag
2012 Minimum Sea Ice Extent
In September 2012, sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean fell to the lowest extent in the satellite record, which began in 1979. Satellite data analysed by National Snow and Ice Data Center scientists in Colorado, showed that the sea ice cover reached its lowest extent on September 16.
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was the lowest sea ice extent in satellite record
million sq km - the average extent of sea ice for September 1979-2000
million sq km was the minimum sea ice extent in 2012
What do you think of when you imagine the Arctic? The first image that comes to mind is probably ice and snow – but this is only part of the picture. The Arctic is a vast area of fjords and tundra, jagged peaks and frozen seas, glaciers and icebergs, and ice and snow.
It’s the realm of the polar bear and ringed seal, caribou and arctic fox, beluga whale and narwhal, sea eagle and snowy owl. Visit WWF Arctic to learn more about this fragile environment.