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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Summer Arctic Sea Ice Retreat: May - August 2013

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Caption: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) provides many water-related products derived from data acquired by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) instrument aboard the Global Change Observation Mission 1st-Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W1) satellite. Two JAXA datasets used in this animation are the 10-km daily sea ice concentration and the 10 km daily 89 GHz Brightness Temperature. In this animation, the daily Arctic sea ice and seasonal land cover change progress through time, from May 16, 2013 through August 15, 2013. Over the water, Arctic sea ice changes from day to day showing a running 3-day minimum sea ice concentration in the region where the concentration is greater than 15%. The blueish white color of the sea ice is derived from a 3-day running minimum of the AMSR2 89 GHz brightness temperature. Over the terrain, monthly data from the seasonal Blue Marble Next Generation fades slowly from month to month. The full composited animation of the Arctic sea ice between May and August, 2013 with the date overlay and the star background. Duration: 23.2 seconds OTHER FORMATS: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov//vis/a000000/a004000/a004096/

Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

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