Arctic Sea Ice Decline and its Impacts: Online Resources

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Driven by climate variability and change, the extent and volume of Arctic sea ice will drop to one of the lowest levels on record this September. We provide links to resources on past, present and projected Arctic sea ice trends and the consequences in the Arctic and globally.

Polar bear with two cubs near Churchill, Canada, along the western shore of Hudson Bay in November 2010. Source: Geoff York, WWF.

Polar bear with two cubs near Churchill, Canada, along the western shore of Hudson Bay in November 2010. Source: Geoff York, WWF.

WWF

WWF Climate Change Blog > Regions > Arctic

Other WWF

Multimedia: Videos, Audio, Photos

Walruses haul-out along Alaska's shoreline of the Chukchi Sea.  Source: USGS.

Above: Walruses haul-out along Alaska's shoreline of the Chukchi Sea as sea ice disappears from the region in September 2010.  Source: USGS.

Other Online Resources

Average Monthly Arctic Sea Ice Extent, July 1979 to 2011. Source: NSIDC.

Above: Monthly July ice extent for 1979 to 2011.  The extent has declined at a rate of 6.8% per decade. Source: NSIDC

National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).  University of Colorado at Boulder

Climate Progress

USGS

Walrus Calves Stranded by Melting Sea Ice.  Posting (13 April 2006) from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

International Arctic Research Center in corporation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA): Sea Ice Extent

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Anomaly.  From Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington.

Arctic Climate Change Research at the Univeristy of Illinois:

Climate Central

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