It was about time to spend this site a face lifting. Mobile Internet access became mainstream, the planet warmed by some centigrades and many more blogs and even portals (in Danish, German, Spanish, Polish, English) appeared reporting the state of the Arctic's cryosphere. So, a few experiments have been dropped and a weather simulation has been added.
All high level information and data is now concentrated on this start page. The explorer has changed a little and many visitors will appreciate that the circumpolar map + bathymetry are back. In future there will be little blogging - tweeting is much more fun. However, comprehensive articles are in the pipeline, e.g. why the pre-industrial baseline starts here way before 1850.
The plan was to update all past blogs before launch, but the Arctic set new priorities in recent weeks. The weather simulation is too useful to wait for any longer. So, old blogs will re-appear as time allows. During the migration is the atom feed disabled.
This weather simulation uses a particle system to render forecast and analysis data provided by NOAA/NCEI's Global Forecast System (GFS). The sea ice relevant variables (currently) shown are: 10m wind speed and 2m temperatures.
Various pre-processed time ranges are available, the simulation loads about 100k weather and 50k sea ice data per day. AMSR2 sea ice concentration data starts with 2016-01-01 and is provided by University Hamburg, Germany.
Selecting the lastest 11 days range enables the lat/lon forecast chart, as indicated by the cross-hair mouse pointer.
You may want to share the animated or single frame GIF. It takes a few seconds to render the animated GIF, please stay patient. It consumes a lot of CPU power and works best with Chrome on desktop. Your pop-up blocker might interfere.
Hi, thanks for your interest. I really appreciate your feedback. The easiest way to reach me is the contact form. Usually I come back to you within 24 hours, assuming a working email address was provided.
Torsten Becker, Spring 2016.