2013 Sea Ice Stats

On March 15, 2013, Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent, marking the beginning of the sea ice melt season. This year’s maximum extent was the sixth lowest in the satellite record. All data courtesy of NSIDC.

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Arctic Ocean Acidification

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) working group has released the first ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification.

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Frozen Oceans Education

The Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is based on the Catlin Arctic Survey expeditions and is available for download and use in both the classroom and at home.

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Ice Age Research

High levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere mean the next ice age is unlikely to begin for at least 1,500 years, according to a recently published article in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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2012 Minimum Sea Ice Extent

In September 2012, sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean fell to the lowest extent in the satellite record, which began in 1979. Satellite data analysed by National Snow and Ice Data Center scientists in Colorado, showed that the sea ice cover reached its lowest extent on September 16.

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million sq km - the average extent of sea ice for September 1979-2000


million sq km was the minimum sea ice extent in 2012

WWF Arctic

What do you think of when you imagine the Arctic? The first image that comes to mind is probably ice and snow – but this is only part of the picture. The Arctic is a vast area of fjords and tundra, jagged peaks and frozen seas, glaciers and icebergs, and ice and snow.

It’s the realm of the polar bear and ringed seal, caribou and arctic fox, beluga whale and narwhal, sea eagle and snowy owl. Visit WWF Arctic to learn more about this fragile environment.

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