The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. NSIDC scientists provide Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis content, with partial support from NASA.
BOULDER, Colorado—Arctic sea ice cover likely melted to its minimum extent for the year on September 16, according to scientists at the Nati ... read more >>
The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record, a confirmation of the drastic warming in the region and a likely harbinger of larger changes to come.
Satellites tracking the extent of the sea ice found over the weekend that it covered about 1.58 million square miles, or less than 30 percent of the Arctic Ocean’s surface, scientists said. That is only slightly below ... read more >>
Conservation, water quality, soil erosion focus of district meeting » Features » Tahlequah Daily Press
Administrators and members of the Cherokee County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service met on Thursday to discuss a cost-share program to identify areas of improving water quality and the reduction of soil erosion. ... read more >>
Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest, commercially navigable body of water in the world. In the barren plateau of the Andes, the Altiplano in Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca was and continues to be of existential importance to the surrounding population due to its role as a source of drinking water and, thanks to its abundance of fish, of food. The Totora ... read more >>
Poland’s longest river but it’s quickly becoming one of Poland’s shallowest rivers. Water levels are as low as anyone can remember thanks to long running drought. ... read more >>
Tropical cyclones over the Arabian Sea in the pre-monsoon season (May–June) have intensified since 1997 owing to significant reductions in storm-ambient vertical wind shear (VWS) in the troposphere; these reductions have decreased on average by about 3 m s−1 from the pre-1997 epoch (1979–1997) to the recent epoch (1998–2010)1 ... read more >>
The first set of formal map products from the California Seafloor Mapping Program are now available on the United States Geological Survey website. This first map set covers Hueneme Canyon and vicinity, and includes 12 map sheets displaying seafloor characteristics, an explanatory pamphlet, and a data catalog of GIS files. More information on map product development is available on and on the U ... read more >>
It’s pretty clear that glaciers and ice fields have been melting the past few decades under relentless global warming. But scientists aren’t sure exactly how fast the melting will proceed, whether it will speed up, or perhaps stabilize at some point.
A new study looking back at historic changes in response to climate variations may help answer some of those questions. The research shows that gla ... read more >>