Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spring in Greenland

Aboard the Polaris
Michael Haferkamp, together with Martina, spent 18 months cruising the west coast of Greenland in their Hutting 53, Polaris.
Spring in Greenland

beautiful old rigging equipment and more… | Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

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Arctic Sea Ice data update//National Snow & Ice Data Center

Arctic sea ice extent

Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day 

lag: National Snow & Ice Data Center

"Arctic sea ice extent is well below average, and large areas of low concentration ice are observed in the Beaufort Sea and along the Siberian coast. However, it is highly unlikely to set a record low at the end of this year’s melt season. Antarctic sea ice extent remains at record highs.

Overview of conditions

Figure 1. Arctic sea ice extent for August 17, 2014 was 6.11 million square kilometers (2.36 million square miles).

The orange line shows the 1981 to 2010 median extent for that day. The black cross indicates the geographic North Pole. Sea Ice Index data.  Credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center

High-resolution image

Sea ice declined at slightly slower than average rates through the first part of August. By mid-August, extent was similar to this time last year, which makes it unlikely that this year’s minimum extent will approach the record low level observed in September 2012. On August 17, sea ice extent was 1.03 million square kilometers (398,000 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 long-term average and 1.42 million square kilometers (548,000 square miles) above that observed in 2012 on the same date.

Ice extent remains below average everywhere, except near Franz Joseph Land and in the northern part of the Barents Sea. Extent is particularly low in the Laptev Sea where open water now extends to about 85 degrees latitude, less than 560 kilometers (350 miles) from the North Pole. This is the one region of the Arctic where ice loss has been exceptional in 2014 compared to recent summers. Ice extent is also very low in the East Greenland Sea, possibly as a result of reduced ice transport through Fram Strait."

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