AMSR2 2015 Minimum Arctic Sea Ice Extent

  • Released Thursday, September 10th, 2015
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:49PM
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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 February 25, 2015 through the 11th of September, 2015, when the ice reaches its annual minimum extent. 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 colour of the sea ice is derived from a 3-day running minimum of the AMSR2 89 GHz brightness temperature. Over the land, monthly data from the seasonal Blue Marble Next Generation fades slowly from month to month.

A print-resolution image of the Arctic sea ice on September 11, 2015, when the ice reached its annual minimum.  In addition, a gold line marks the 36 year average minimum sea ice extent computed over the time period from 1979 (when the satellite record began) through 2014.

A print-resolution image of the Arctic sea ice on September 11, 2015, when the ice reached its annual minimum. In addition, a gold line marks the 36 year average minimum sea ice extent computed over the time period from 1979 (when the satellite record began) through 2014.

A print-resolution image of the Arctic sea ice on September 11, 2015, when the ice reached its annual minimum. In addition, a gold line marks the 30 year average minimum sea ice extent computed over the time period from 1981 through 2010.

A print-resolution image of the Arctic sea ice on September 11, 2015, when the ice reached its annual minimum. In addition, a gold line marks the 30 year average minimum sea ice extent computed over the time period from 1981 through 2010.

A print-resolution image of the Arctic sea ice on September 11, 2015, when the ice reached its annual minimum extent.

A print-resolution image of the Arctic sea ice on September 11, 2015, when the ice reached its annual minimum extent.



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Datasets used in this visualization

  • Terra and Aqua BMNG (Blue Marble: Next Generation)

    ID: 508
    Collected with MODIS 2004

    Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

    This dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/

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  • SHIZUKU (GCOM-W1) 10 km Daily Sea Ice Concentration

    ID: 795
    Observed Data Collected with AMSR2 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency 2/25/2015-9/6/2015

    Credit: AMSR2 data courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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  • SHIZUKU (GCOM-W1) 10 km Daily 89 GHz Brightness Temperature

    ID: 796
    Observed Data Collected with AMSR2 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency 2/25/2015-9/6/2015

    Credit: AMSR2 data courtesy of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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