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Arctic Sea Ice Concentrations for September (Minimum)

National Snow and Ice Data Center

This animation shows the Arctic sea ice September (minimum) extents from 1979-2016. Accessible from http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/sotc/sea_ice.html

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Teaching Tips

  • Younger students (middle grades, lower high school) may need clarification and vocabulary support from educator.

About the Content

  • A time-series view of September Arctic sea ice concentration from 1979 to 2014.
  • Visualization animates changes in Arctic sea ice at its minimal extent (September) from 1979-2014. Part of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) State of the Cryosphere web resources.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
  • Provides a visual representation of sea ice melt in the Arctic that allow a student to visualize and understand actual data.
  • Provides several associated representations and models of sea ice that allow a student to compare and contrast actual data both of min and max sea ice and in the Artic and Antarctic.

About the Pedagogy

  • Attractive graphic is easy to interpret even though no quantitative data is given.
  • Dramatic image centered on the North Pole using satellite data overlaid onto NASA's Blue Marble. Additional Arctic animation (March/maximum extent) and Antarctic extents (September/maximum and March/minimum), as well as other excellent resources on the cryosphere, are in the sidebar.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent quality.

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See http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/sotc and other links on web page can support the animation well.
Entered the Collection: October 2015 Last Reviewed: October 2015

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