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Arctic Sea Ice Continues to Show Record Low Daily Extent

On March 19 2015, the National Snow and Ice Data Center declared that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean had reached its high point in its area of coverage (“extent”) for the year, and that this high point was the smallest on record.

Arctic sea ice extent breaks new records with lows in 2015

As you can see by following the blue line in this updated graph of sea ice extent through this month, the days of 2015 continue to establish record low sea ice extents.

Arctic sea ice volume as measured by the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center is not at a record low, but it rivals recent years in a volume that is well below the 1979-2014 average:

Arctic Sea Ice Volume, 2015 and recent years

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