This animation depicts minimum sea ice extents for the Arctic from 1979 to 2012. It is a useful way for students to visualise the downward trend in minimum sea ice extent.
Note that this animation does not show the seasonal change in sea ice extent, but rather a snapshot of the lowest area from the September of each year from 1979 to 2012.
This animation was created by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio.
Part of:XL Catlin Oceans Education
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X-Curric | Ages 7 - 11
Based on journeys undertaken by real explorers and scientists, the Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is designed to introduce students to what life is like in the High Arctic.
Geography | Ages 11 - 14
The Frozen Oceans Geography resources are designed to take 11-14-year-olds on a journey to the Arctic following the expedition team on the 2011 Catlin Arctic Survey.
Science | Ages 11 - 14
The Frozen Oceans Science resources introduce working scientifically concepts and skills to 11-14-year-olds through enquiry-based lessons which replicate work done by field scientists in the Arctic.
Geography | Ages 14 - 16
This Frozen Oceans education resource includes two data case studies that introduce students to ocean acidification and sea ice thickness. The core of each case study is a data set from real expeditions.
Science | Ages 14 - 16
This Frozen Oceans unit outlines the research carried out by the Catlin Arctic Surveys and can be used in teaching the carbon cycle, ocean acidification and its impact on the Arctic ecosystem.