Arctic Sea Ice Data

The Arctic Region covers 30 million square kilometers, counts 4 million inhabitants and last not least 25,000 polar bears. During Arctic summer the sun shines around the clock at the North Pole. Actually, the length of an Arctic day (sunrise to sunset) of a given place is a function of latitude and time of year. Current sunlight conditions of the northern hemisphere are displayed in real time on the left (click to zoom / credit: fourmilab.ch).

Most observations and scientific data stem from remote sensing, weather stations, submarines and buoys. A tiny fleet of polar orbiting satellites captures electro-magnetic echos of different wave-lengths every day. Most accurate data is expected from the European CryoSat 2 mission. With a SAR Interferometric Radar Altimeter on board the satellite measures and calculates ice thickness down to a centimeter scale. In June 2011 ESA published first results (click to zoom / credit: UCL, CPOM, ESA).

The US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) maintains the longest available sea ice extent dataset. Since the late '60 sea ice is on decline and shows a greater variability after the beginning of this century. (click to zoom / credit: NSIDC) During the first week of each month the NSIDC provides News & Analysis on sea ice conditions in the northern hemisphere.

News: Last October the AMSR-E antenna onboard of NASA's AQUA satellite stopped spinning, most likely due to aging lubricant in the mechanism. AMSR-2 loaded onto Japan's GCOM-W1 spacecraft is planned to launch in May 2012. In the meantime the SSM/I sensor is used to measure sea ice concentration.

Check out more sensor data and deriving products below. Most charts are updated at least once per day. Also the weather page informs you about latest nd future conditions North of 60° Latitude.

NOAA Arctic Theme Page Web Cams

  • North Pole Cam 1

    as of 2015-05-28 11:24:18 UTC
  • North Pole Cam 2

    as of 2015-05-28 11:24:18 UTC

Real-Time Telemetry Monitor

  • Buoy #9

    as of 2015-05-28 11:24:18 UTC
  • Buoy #10

    as of 2015-05-28 11:24:18 UTC

Daily Arctic & Global Mosaics

  • Arctic True Color

    2015-05-27
  • Arctic Infrared

    2015-05-27
  • Hudson Bay

    2015-05-27

International Satellite Imagery (infrared, bw)

  • ICAO Area H (Atlantic)

    latest
  • ICAO Area I (Pacific)

    latest
  • ICAO Area G (Asia)

    latest

Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT)

  • Today -1

    2015-05-27
  • 2012

    2013-05-27
  • 2011

    2012-05-27

Arctic Infrared Composite

  • Infrared

    latest

Arctic Mosaic, Terra, MODIS

  • Arctic Mosaic

    2015-05-26

CryoSat Operational Monitoring

  • CS2 Thickness

    recent 28 days

Arctic Data Archive System

  • AMSR2 Thickness

    20150527

NSIDC Sea Ice Extent, Concentration

  • Extent 2014/15

    latest
  • Conc. 2015

    latest
  • Conc. 2012

    2012-147

Sea Ice Age

  • Ice Age latest

    latest
  • Ice Age 2014

    2014 week 22
  • Ice Age 2012

    2012 week 22

Arctic Sea Ice Concentration versus Extent

  • 2015 -2 days

    2015-05-26
  • 2014

    2013-05-26
  • 2012

    2012-05-26

Mappings of AMSR2 Sea Ice concentration

  • Kara Sea (iomasa)

    latest
  • Visual (Uni Bremen)

    latest
  • False Color (Uni Bremen)

    latest

AARI: Ice Analysis from Satellite Images

  • Ice Types

    latest

TOPAZ4: Forecast of Sea Ice Coverage

  • Current

    latest
  • +1 day

    latest
  • +3 days

    latest

Rutgers: Snow Extent Climate Data Record

  • 2015-05-27

    2015-05-27
  • 2014-05-27

    2014-05-27
  • 2013-05-27

    2013-05-27

DMI: Daily mean temperatures

  • 2013

    2015
  • 2012

    2012
  • 2007

    2007

Data from Arctic Weatherstations

  • Temperature

    latest
  • Actual Weather

    latest
  • Wind

    latest

MyOcean: Global Sea Surface Temperature

  • Global SST

    latest

Sea Surface Temperature, Northern Hemisphere

  • Temperature

    latest
  • Anomaly

    latest
  • Increment

    latest

IABP: 60 Day Drift Track

  • Arctic Ocean

    latest
  • Nares Strait

    latest

Weather, Climate and Forecasts Atmosphere, GFS Data, Observations, etc.
Mercator Ocean Model (PSY3V3): Temperature, Thickness and Concentration
US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory: Ice Mass Balance Data