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2014-03-30 03:02:43

National Snow and Ice Data Center Will next year’s summer Arctic ice extent be high or low? Can ship captains plan on navigating the famed Northwest Passage — a direct shipping route from Europe to Asia across the Arctic Ocean — to save on time and fuel? A new study says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable. Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), University College London, University of New Hampshire and University...

2014-01-07 08:35:08

SAN FRANCISCO, January 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/homepage.cws_home ], a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and IEDA [http://www.iedadata.org ] (Integrated Earth Data Applications), an NSF-funded data facility in the geosciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, announced the winner of the 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences at...

Antarctic High Ridge Gets Distinction As Coldest Place On Earth
2013-12-10 09:03:50

[ Watch the Video: Coldest Place On Earth Is The East Antarctic Plateau ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you think it’s cold where you live, consider this: NASA satellites have just discovered the chilliest place on Earth, where temperatures can plummet to minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius). This “glad I don’t live there” location is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau, where temperatures in several...

2013-07-30 16:20:28

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the University of Colorado Boulder for the management and operations of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This cost, no-fee completion contract is worth about $42 million. The base performance period is from Aug. 1 through May 31, 2014, with four one-year extension options. This...

Winds Responsible For Antarctic Sea Ice Growth
2012-11-12 05:17:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While global warming has caused extensive melting of sea ice in the Arctic region in recent years, the opposite phenomenon has been occurring in Antarctica, and now experts believe they've discovered the reason why. In a report released Sunday, a team of scientists revealed that shifting wind patterns surrounding the southernmost continent have resulted in slight increase in regional sea ice. That conclusion comes following an...

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Low
2012-08-28 05:40:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Arctic sea ice has melted to a record low extent; the smallest ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979. On August 26, 2012, the Arctic sea ice extent fell to 1.58 million square miles, or 4.10 million square kilometers. This is 27,000 square miles below the previous record daily low of September 18, 2007, says new data from the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice extent...

2012-08-27 14:18:23

The extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk. According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colo., the amount is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began. NASA and NSIDC scientists will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT, today, to discuss this new record low for summertime Arctic sea ice cover. The extent of Arctic sea ice...

2012-08-27 06:21:00

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk. According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colo., the amount is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA and NSIDC scientists will host a media teleconference at 3...

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2011-11-24 11:53:36

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that Arctic sea ice continues to shrink each summer to nearly record low levels, with this year´s ice loss the second-lowest ever since records first began being taken in 1979. Despite only a few decades worth of records, a new study, published in the British journal Nature, found that “both the duration and magnitude of the current decline in sea ice seem to be unprecedented for the past 1,450 years,” reported the authors. The...

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Decline, Hits 2nd-Lowest Level
2011-10-05 10:11:51

[ Watch the Video ] Last month the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean declined to the second-lowest extent on record. Satellite data from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder showed that the summertime sea ice cover narrowly avoided a new record low. The Arctic ice cap grows each winter as the sun sets for several months and shrinks each summer as the sun rises higher in the northern sky. Each year the...