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Animation Shows Year of Polar Ice Changes

31 Jan 2017, 4:08 pm

The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) released an animation on Monday that shows how much the polar caps changed over the last year. The group published the animation amid reports how the ice levels at the polar caps are at a low. It cited a report stating the Arctic low ice level is due to global warming and unusual weather events while Antarctica’s low is due to a natural variability.

[Credit: EUMETSAT via Storyful]

From EUMETSAT, “This visualization shows the polar ice concentration of the northern and southern hemispheres throughout 2016. During the animation it is possible to see how ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic expanded and shrank over the course of the year, and how weather patterns and storms influenced the movement of the ice floes around the poles. You can find out more about polar ice levels during 2016 in our Science Blog article: https://scienceblog.eumetsat.int/2017/01/a-year-of-polar-ice/

The data used to generate this visualization were the Daily Global Northern / Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Concentration products from the EUMETSAT OSI SAF. This data overlays a computer-generated model of the Earth, containing NASA’s Blue Marble Next Generation imagery.”

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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