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Arctic Albedo-Warming Potential

Quantifying ocean warming from reduced sea ice

Year: 2000

Select individual years with the slider to view the difference with the new millenia baseline of 2000-2018. Soon to be updated to the 20 year period 2000-2019. Regions with a high coastline to area ratio have been removed from the calculation (only visible on the map) to reduce noise. Specifically all lakes, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

former Albedo-Warming Potential (anomaly only)

In the charts below click on the legend to deselect a series.

The maximum accumulated solar radiation varies greatly by latitude when taken over the whole astronomical summer. At the north pole the max is 2500MJ/m2, at 75N it is 3000MJ/m2, at 60N 4000MJ/m2 and at 44N 5000MJ/m2. That's why on the map with raw energy values the Arctic appears significantly bluer than the south, even when regions are mostly icefree. Instead of energy values the chart on the left shows the percentage of locally avaliable solar radiation.

Year: 2000

High Arctic

includes only the following regions: Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, East Siberian Sea, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Canadian Archipelago, Central Arctic


Data used

Cavalieri, D. J., C. L. Parkinson, P. Gloersen, and H. J. Zwally. 1996, updated yearly. Sea Ice Concentrations from Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Passive Microwave Data, Version 1.1 Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/8GQ8LZQVL0VL.