Winter 2017/18 sea ice thickness analysis with observations from CryoSat-2

21 June 2018
CryoSat-2, a radar altimeter satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA), had its eighth birthday on April 8, 2018. Observations from CryoSat-2 add vital information on sea ice thickness to other satellite observations, such as sea ice concentration, drift and extent. Read more here about latest results from the these measurements.

Data portal expands its services for sea-ice drift

15 March 2018
‘The sea-ice drift data offers researchers the chance to more accurately investigate the loss of sea ice in the Arctic by allowing them to view not only the ice concentration and thickness, but also horizontal ice transport,’ explains Dr Hiroshi Sumata, a sea-ice physicist at the AWI and head of the project for calculating sea-ice drift uncertainties.
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Sea-ice concentration in the Antarctic reaches its minimum

12. März 2018

While record high temperatures for winter were being measured in the Arctic and the maximum winter sea-ice extent was reached, the sea-ice extent in the Antarctic reached its summer minimum for this year. The especially low amount of Antarctic sea-ice cover this summer meant extremely favourable conditions for the research icebreaker RV Polarstern, whose route took her to the southern Weddell Sea this year.

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Sea ice extent on record low: In the Arctic it is too warm and too wet

2 March 2018
Usually, at the North Pole the sun doesn’t rise before 20th March and it is the coldest time of the year. But this year, February was extraordinarily warm. Analyses of satellite and station data indicate that very warm air has been advected towards the Arctic, which allowed temperatures to rise until the freezing point. Read more here...