2013 Arctic Report Card: Visual Highlights

December 10, 2013

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