Arctic ice minimum extent, 2012

Arctic ice minimum extent, 2012

C014/8053 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 63.1MB

Downloadable file size: 2.0MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: Arctic ice minimum extent. Satellite image showing the Arctic polar ice cap at its annual minimum extent on 16th September 2012. The Arctic sea ice (white with blue tint) reaches a minimum in September, at the end of the Arctic summer. This minimal ice area is called the perennial ice cover. The perennial ice has been steadily decreasing since satellites began observing it in 1979, at a rate of about 10 percent per decade. This was the lowest recorded minimum, at just over 3.4 million square kilometres. This decrease is attributed to global warming. Data from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSMI) instrument on the US Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 16 september 2012, 21st century, annual, arctic, arctic circle, arctic ocean, climate change, climatological, climatology, decline, declined, declining, defense meteorological satellite program, disappearing, dmsp, earth, earth observation, environment, environmental, from space, geographical, geography, global warming, ice loss, imager, least, losing, melting, minimum extent, ocean, passage, perennial ice cover, polar ice cap, province, recede, receded, receding, region, retreat, retreated, retreating, satellite, satellite image, sea, sea ice, shrinking, smallest, special sensor microwave, ssmi, strait, vanishing, yearly

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.