Sea Ice Conditions Today

On this website you find sea ice datasets from satellite remote sensing observations produced at the University of Bremen. All datasets are research products provided without liability.

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2017 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

The 2017 sea ice minimum extent was reached on 2017-09-05. Sea ice extent is now increasing again.


Time Series

Minimum & Maximum

Diagram: Arctic sea ice extent during previous 7 years
September is the month when in the Arctic the sea ice area reaches its minimum. The map and time series show a comparison of current ice conditions to previous years.

Daily AMSR2 Sea ice concentrations



Daily SMOS thin sea ice thickness


Antarctic thickness of thin sea ice