Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows shrinking sea ice in the Arctic, which reached its annual summer minimum on September 18, 2019.
According to NASA, the extent of ice cover this year has tied 2007 and 2016 as the second lowest in the satellite record, which covers the last four decades.
In 2019, the Arctic sea ice cap shrank to 1.6 million square miles as a result of increasing air and water temperatures.
“This year’s minimum shows that there is no sign that the sea ice cover is rebounding,” said Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “The long-term trend for the Arctic sea ice extent has been definitively downward.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory