WATCH THE ARCTIC DISINTEGRATE: Fifteen Year Arctic Video & How to Use MODIS

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 24 April 2018



Fifteen Year Arctic Video & How to Use MODIS

See Fifteen Years of Change in the Arctic,
NASA Earth Observatory, April 23rd, 2018.

"...every natural-color MODIS image of the Arctic that Terra and Aqua (which also has a MODIS instrument) have collected since April 2003. The result — a product of 71,000 satellite overpasses — is a remarkable six-minute time capsule of swirling clouds, bursts of wildfire smoke, the comings and goings of snow, and the ebb and flow of sea ice."

"If you look carefully, you can see the downward trend in sea ice extent."

"...for instance, at mid-August and September 2012 — the period when Arctic sea ice extent hit a record-low minimum of 3.4 million square miles. Between the heavy cloud cover, you will see lots of dark open water. Compare that to the same period in 2003, when the minimum extent was 6.2 million square miles.  Scientists attribute the loss of sea ice to global warming."


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