Fairbanks, AK - Year-to-year forecasts of summer Arctic Sea Ice extent aren’t reliable. That’s according to a report out from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. But A two-day workshop that starts Tuesday in Colorado will focus on ways to improve sea ice extent predictions.
Fairbanks, AK - The National Snow and Ice Data center based in Colorado report arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the winter on March fifteenth.
This year’s winter-time sea ice extent is the sixth lowest since the National Snow and Ice Data Center started keeping satellite records in 1979. Walt Meier is a research scientist at NSIDC. “In winter, we used to be about 16 million square kilometers, which is about double the lower 48 United States," says Meier.
Fairbanks, AK - People who frequent the trails on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks may have noticed lots of construction equipment all summer long. It’s part of a project at the Alaska Satellite Facility. The facility is getting a new antenna this year. In coming years, it will collect data from NASA’s polar orbiting satellites.