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Arctic sea ice thickness information has been updated with NRT data for March 2018 and reprocessed data for February 2018. Daily, weekly and monthly products are available here: Reprocessed, Near-real time




Short Facts

  • March sea ice volume in the central Arctic was 4th lowest / 4th highest in 8 years of CryoSat-2 observations: 12.67 • 103 km3
    • highest: 14.08 • 103 km3 in Mar 2014
    • lowest: 11.44 • 103 km3 in Mar 2013
    • average: 12.70 • 103 km3
  • March mean sea ice thickness in the central Arctic was 4th lowest / 4th highest in 8 years of CryoSat-2 observations: 2.04 m
    • highest: 2.29 m in Mar 2014
    • lowest: 1.89 m in Mar 2013
    • average: 2.04 m
  • Monthly sea ice volume gain (February through March) was 3rd lowest / 6th highest in 8 years of CryoSat-2 observations: +1.38 • 103 km3
    • highest: +2.27 • 103 km3 in March 2013 (potential retrieval anomaly, under investigation)
    • lowest: +0.91 • 103 km3 in Mar 2012
    • average: +1.38 • 103 km3
  • Cummulative sea ice volume gain (October through February) was lowest in 8 years of CryoSat-2 observations: +6.52 • 103 km3
    • highest: +7.38 • 103 km3 in Mar 2017
    • average: +6.98 • 103 km3