2013 Arctic Report Card: Visual Highlights

Arctic had sixth warmest year on record in 2012Spring snow cover below average againAtmospheric Soot Decreasing Over High ArcticReindeer and caribou numbers low, winter ranges smallSea ice extent larger than 2012 record low, but still sixth smallest on recordSurface melt on Greenland Ice Sheet back near average in 2013Only 7 percent of the ice cover at the end of winter 2013 was old, thick iceGreener Arctic of recent years likely to be the new normalArctic boundary waters warmer than average in summer


From reindeer to regional temperature patterns, from sea ice age to Greenland surface melt, the Arctic Report Card is a yearly assessment of the Arctic's physical and biological systems and how they are changing.

Click thumbnails at left for full images & captions.

This collection of visual highlights from the 2013 report is a story of the Arctic in pictures. Based on the report's major themes, it was developed by the NOAA Climate.gov team in cooperation with Arctic Report Card authors and other Arctic experts.

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