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Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis
September 22, 2022
Arctic sea ice minimum ties for tenth lowest
On September 18, Arctic sea ice likely reached its annual minimum extent of 4.67 million square kilometers (1.80 million square miles). The 2022 minimum is tied for tenth lowest in the nearly 44-year satellite record, with 2018 and 2017. The last 16 years, … Continue reading

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The NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) has added 34 data sets from the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 / Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ICESat-2/ATLAS) and Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation / Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (ICEsat/GLAS) satellite missions to NASA Earthdata Cloud.
The Terra satellite is scheduled to undergo Constellation Exit Maneuvers (CEM) on October 12 and 19, 2022. All science data acquisition will remain suspended for a period of about 10 days as MODIS

Data management programs at NSIDC

A satellite view of Malaspina Glacier in Alaska
NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC)
Open access cryosphere and related geophysical data from NASA Earth-observing satellite missions, airborne campaigns, and field observations.
methane bubbles frozen in lake in Canada
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at NSIDC
A NOAA-funded program providing open access data from satellites, field instruments, weather stations, historical records, and rescued data.
Billy Adams observes the environment from the ice lead edge near Utqiaġvik, Alaska. This photo is part of an observation record in the AAOKH online database developed by ELOKA. Credit: Mette Kaufman
Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA): Data Curation for Indigenous Communities
Working with Indigenous communities in the Arctic to preserve and promote their data and knowledge for use in scientific studies.