Sea-ice

Status of the sea-ice extents in spring 2020

The yearly maximum (in the Arctic) and minimum (in the Antarctic) sea-ice extent occurs in February/March. With satellite data processed at Norwegian Meteorological Institute the sea-ice extent is tracked and described on a daily basis.

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Skiing across the Arctic Ocean on drifting ice

Børge Ousland and Mike Horn’s 87 day expedition to cross the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole on skis, from boat to boat without assistance, took place during changing sea ice conditions. Using sea ice drift products - retrieved daily from satellite data - we can estimate the influence ice drift had on the expedition. 

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Record low sea-ice extent for October in the Arctic

October 2019 sets a new record low for October mean sea-ice extent in the Arctic and the strongest reduction in sea-ice cover is happening north of Siberia and Alaska.

 

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2019 sea ice minimum - low, but not record low

September is typically the month with least sea ice in the Arctic, and with most sea ice in the Antarctic. How did the sea ice behave this summer? We take a look back.

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2019 sees 2nd-lowest august Arctic sea-ice extent

 August 2019 was the second-lowest sea-ice extent of all august months since 1979 over the Arctic.

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