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NSIDC Data: December Arctic Sea Ice Fourth Lowest

04.01.2016
04.01.2016 18:06 Age: 2 yrs

Arctic sea ice extent in December reflected the pattern for the whole of 2015 - in line with levels seen in the last decade but also consistent with a long term decline

Click to enlarge. Average Arctic sea ice extent in December was 12.3m sq. km. Courtesy: NSIDC

Click to enlarge. December Arctic ice extent for 1979 to 2015 shows a decline of 3.4% per decade relative to the 1981 to 2010 average. Courtesy: NSIDC

Click to enlarge. Arctic data. Courtesy: NSIDC

Click to enlarge. Average Antarctic sea ice extent in December was 11.3m sq.km. Courtesy: NSIDC

Click to enlarge. Antarctic sea ice extent in December for 1979 to 2015 shows a slow long term growth trend. Courtesy: NSIDC

Click to enlarge. Antarctic data. Courtesy: NSIDC

Here is NSIDC December sea ice extent data for both the Arctic and Antarctic since 2005:

Year   Arctic sea ice extent in December (million km2)

2005 12.47
2006 12.26
2007 12.38
2008 12.52
2009 12.50
2010 12.01
2011 12.40
2012 12.20
2013 12.39
2014 12.53
2015 12.27

Average Arctic sea ice extent for December over the 11 year period 2005-2015: 12.36 million sq. km.

Year   Antarctic sea ice extent in December (million km2)

2005 10.73
2006 10.49
2007 12.67
2008 12.28
2009 11.42
2010 12.18
2011 12.26
2012 11.37
2013 12.69
2014 12.45
2015 11.28

Average Antrctic sea ice extent for December over the 11 year period 2005-2015: 11.80 million sq. km.

Source

NSIDC data here and here.