Sea Ice Yearly Minimum in the Arctic

This series of visualizations show the annual Arctic sea ice minimum from 1979 to 2010. The decrease in Arctic sea ice over time is shown in an animation and a graph plotted simultaneously, but can be parsed so that the change in sea ice area can be shown without the graph.

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GSFC/Science Visualization Studio

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Easy to use.

A number of different sizes and file formats are available for download. However, some of the files are large and take a long time to download, so the educator should download prior to the class. Simple and complex animation files are available and the variety of image types makes this a very customizable tool.

Difficult to see difference in color coding; might be useful to watch multiple times to better visualize and differentiate.