Watch here the Arctic sea-ice volume thanks to earth explorer satellite CryoSat!

CryoSat is an earth explorer satellite mission of the European Space Agency dedicated to measuring changes in polar sea ice thickness and the mass balance of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. The satellite flies at an altitude of just over 700 km, reaching latitudes of 88° north and south, to maximise its coverage of the poles.

Arctic sea-ice volume during the first two weeks of October 2015 was about 6,200 cubic km. It is slightly higher than for the same period in 2010, but 1,500 cu km below the 2013 high point seen by the spacecraft sensor, now in its sixth year in orbit.

Interesting to observe the volume of Arctic autumn sea ice (first two weeks of October (in average)) is of  in 2010: 5,900 cubic km – 2011: 4,500 cu km – 2012: 4,600 cu km – 2013: 7,800 cu km – 2014: 6,800 cu km – 2015: 6,200 cu km…

By clicking on the below map, you can get snapshots of the Arctic basin covering two days, two weeks or one month…

 

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Further info:

– http://www.cpom.ucl.ac.uk/csopr/seaice.html

– http://www.cpom.ucl.ac.uk/csopr/index.html

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