The 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

The 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

Arctic sea ice has been on a decline for 20 years. This animation shows the 2015 evolution maximum (25/02/2015) to minimum (06/09/2015)

As the sun sets over the Arctic, the end of this year’s melt season is quickly approaching and the sea ice cover has already shrunk to the fourth lowest in the satellite record. With possibly some days of melting left, the sea ice extent could still drop to the second or third lowest on record.

Arctic sea ice, which regulates the planet’s temperature by bouncing solar energy back to space, has been on a steep decline for the last two decades.

Credit: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio