Following the recent announcement by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC), we have redrawn our Times atlas map of the Arctic and added the ice coverage to the Arctic Ocean.
This year’s sea-ice level is the second lowest ever recorded in the Arctic Ocean, after the 2007 record low. The red line on the map shows the sea ice minimum extent for summer 2008 and the dashed orange line shows the sea ice average summer extent for 1979-2000. With the coming winter the ice has already started growing and will continue to be monitored by scientists. The seasonal sea ice fluctuation is seen as a key indicator of global climate change.
Latest updates on Arctic sea ice, see Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis at NSIDC Arctic Sea Ice News