Global View of the Arctic Ocean

Global View of the Arctic Ocean
  • Credit:

    NASA JPL, University of Alaska - Fairbanks

The Arctic Ocean has been mapped in an unprecedented manner by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif. Using advanced radar that sees through all weather conditions, researchers will now be able to determine how the Earth's warming may be changing the sea ice cover. Sea ice in the polar region is a large barometer of global climate conditions.

The mission is a joint project between JPL and the Alaska Synthetic Aperture Radar Facility, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. JPL manages the Sea Ice Thickness Derived from High Resolution Radar Imagery project for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Washington, DC. The Earth Science Enterprise is dedicated to studying how natural and human-induced change affects our global environment.

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  • Data Date:

    August 21, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    August 21, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration