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2015

  1. Russian icebreaker makes record-setting Arctic voyage

    According to the Russian media outlet Port News, a Russian icebreaker has just completed the fastest transit of the Northern Sea Route. Along with setting the speed record, the icebreaker also completed the trip over a month after the shipping season usually ends in the Arctic. But it’s...

  2. Arctic Report Card 2015

    In 2015, Arctic sea ice reached a maximum extent on 25 February, 15 days earlier than average and the lowest value on record (1979-present). Minimum ice extent in September was the 4th lowest on record. Sea ice continues to be younger and thinner than it was 30 years ago. Changes in sea ice...

  3. Arctic Yearbook 2016 Call for Abstracts

    The Arctic Yearbook is calling for abstracts for the 2016 edition. Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2016. The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined...

  4. Canada Breaks the Ice with Sentinel-1 Data

    How can access to Sentinel data increase Canada’s ability to offer improved information on sea ice? Radar satellite data like those from Sentinel-1 can provide day and night information, and through clouds, of entire coastal areas even during harsh weather. This is especially important...

  5. Inuit-led study looks into Arctic food security

    The environment is changing and indigenous communities need to be part of the decision-making process, locally and internationally, from start to finish, to ensure resource security in the future. That's the core of a new report released by the Alaskan arm of the Inuit Circumpolar Council...

  6. Ice rafts traveling farther and faster across the Arctic Ocean

    Climate change could turn the Arctic Ocean into an ice autobahn. Sea ice, much of it chunks of floating ice, is becoming younger and thinner as old ice melts. That new ice travels farther and faster than older ice, carrying dirt, organisms and pollution along for the ride, new research...

  7. There’s a New Tallest Peak in the North American Arctic

    Arctic Alaska is so remote and inaccessible that there have been few accurate maps of much of its terrain. This puts pilots at risk of crashing into peaks and adds uncertainty for oil developers building pipelines. This problem has been in particular focus in the Arctic National Wildlife...

  8. 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Outlook: Post-Season Report Available

    The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces availability of the 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Outlook (SIO) Post-Season Report! The full report and highlights are available at: https://www.arcus.org/sipn/sea-ice-outlook/2015/post-season. The SIO is an activity of the Sea Ice...

  9. Global Glacier Change Bulletin No. 1 (2012-2013)

    We welcome the publication of the first issue of the new Global Glacier Change Bulletin series. It was designed with the aim of providing an integrative assessment of worldwide and regional glacier changes at two-year intervals, merging the former Fluctuations of...

  10. SPIRIT images and DEMs freely available

    It is our pleasure to announce that the SPIRIT database is open again here: https://theia.cnes.fr/rocket/#/search?collection=Spirit&view=default  SPIRIT was an IPY project which acquired SPOT5-HRS images over the periphery of the two major ice sheets and other polar ice masses....

  11. The Arctic is now warmer than it's been since 1900

    Air temperatures over the Arctic landscape were higher over the past year than at any other time since 1900, and the circumpolar north continues to change rapidly as the climate warms, according to an annual report released Tuesday by government and academic scientists. The 2015 Arctic...

  12. Shell Seeks to Preserve U.S. Drilling Rights in Arctic Ocean

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc is fighting to preserve U.S. drilling rights in Arctic waters three months after halting exploration indefinitely there because it failed to find meaningful oil or natural gas deposits. Europe’s largest oil company filed a notice of appeal Tuesday challenging the...