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The Arctic is a vast, ice-covered ocean, surrounded by tree-less, frozen ground, that teems with life, including organisms living in the ice, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals and human societies.

NOAA provides Arctic information and a set of reputable indicators that describe the present state of the Arctic ecosystem and climate.


Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent for 2014

Arctic sea ice extent for September 17, 2014

Arctic sea ice extent for September 17, 2014. The orange line shows the 1981 to 2010 median extent for that day. The black cross indicates the geographic North Pole. (Credit: NSIDC)

See NASA animation of Arctic Sea ice for Summer 2014 &
YouTube animation of North Pole Web cam.


News!  

NOAA Arctic Research: International Ecosystem Activities - New! Oct 23, 2014
NOAA flies over Arctic to measure extent of sea ice - New! Oct 3, 2014
NOAA releases Arctic Action Plan (download pdf)

Featured

2014 RUSALCA
2014 North Pole webcam images & animations - New! YouTube video
Memorandum of Agreement MOA-2011-080 | Annex 1 | Annex 2
Sea ice videos: What is Sea Ice? | How do we measure sea ice? | Impacts of shrinking ice from NOS
Arctic Mid-Latitude Linkages: A Bibliography
Arctic Report Card 2013
Sea Ice Outlook & Walrus Outlook - from SEARCH/ARCUS
YouTube logosArctic Videos

Notices   NOAA's Arctic Vision and Strategy
Arctic Wave Glider
NASA IceBridge Sea Ice Freeboard, Snow Depth, and Thickness Quick Look data set
Frostbytes: short Arctic YouTube videos by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
Summer sea ice transition 2002-present - spring thaw, summer melt ponds, freeze-up (updated in autumn)
RUSALCA - Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic
RUSALCA 2014 - Informational report New!
Near-realtime Arctic Change Detection
Arctic Environmental Atlas - Russian language
 NOAA Sea Ice Forecasting Workshop Summary, 19-21 Sept 2011, Anchorage, AK
Programs & Projects   Synthesis of Arctic Research (SOAR)
Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) - linking Physics & Biology
Arctic Weather Support - National Weather Service
Tiksi Arctic Observatory - a US, Russian, and Finnish partnership
Tiksi International Hydrometeorological Observatory - Status report Feb 2012
International Arctic System for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA) | Click for the IASOA newsletter
PAG - Pacific Arctic Group
Arctic Research Program Office- NOAA's focal point for Arctic Observations
International Polar Year | First IPY in 1881-1884
Sea Ice Forecasting Workshop - September 2011
Bering Strait and Pacific Arctic Dynamics - University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory


This Arctic Theme Page provides access to widely distributed Arctic data and information for scientists, students, teachers, academia, managers, decision makers and the general public.

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