NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Arctic sea ice maximum, 2014. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for 2014 on 21 March at 14.91 million square kilometres. This was the fifth lowest maximum in the satellite record (started 1978). This image was produced by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) using Sea Ice Index data. This is based on microwave data from the F17 Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS), part of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP).
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