sea ice


NASA is piloting a mission out of Fairbanks with a specialized plane that can fly high enough to test technology destined for satellite applications. KUAC’s Dan Bross has more on the ER2 mission.

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.

Arctic Winter Sea Ice Extent is Sixth Lowest on Record

Mar 27, 2013

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.