Sea ice in the Arctic reached a maximum value for the current winter season, but this maximum was significantly below average and corresponds to a record low area on record, recorded in 2006, according to the National Data Centre for snow and ice (NSIDC) USA.
"The area of Arctic sea ice, apparently reached a maximum value of 7 March, followed by a melt season. Highs this year corresponds to a record low point in the history of satellite observations," — said in a statement.
March 7, sea ice in the Arctic was 14.64 million square kilometers. This is a 1.2 million square kilometers less than the average for the period of satellite observations from 1979 to 2000 (15.86 million square kilometers) and is a small record of that recorded in 2006.
As of March 22 sea ice declined continuously for five days. Despite this, it is possible that the amount of ice in the Arctic will begin to grow again. In February and March, the area of ice may vary in the weeks around the maximum value because the thin ice is very sensitive to the wind and temperature changes.
In early March, experts NSIDC reported that in February sea ice in the Arctic reached a record low for the month.
The average area of Arctic sea ice in February was 14.36 million square kilometers, and the historical average for the 1979-2003 value of the area for the month is 15.6 million square kilometers. Since 2004, the average area of the February ice annually falls below $ 15 million.
Source: RIA "Novosti".