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The sea ice along the North Slope fractured today (March 28, 2018), and we were able to catch it happening on our satellite imagery. 

IceFractureAnimation

New images will be posted soon.

Past imagery: 

 

With persistent strong southerly winds through the Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea, we have seen significant melting of the sea ice in the past week or so. This is an image of the southern Chukchi Sea where ice has moved northward away from the northern Seward Peninsula.

Southern Chukchi Sea Ice Pack

Very little sea ice remains within navigational waters of Alaskan waters. What does remain is between Harrison Bay and Prudhoe Bay, and it is melting quickly. The main ice edge is approximately 150 nm north of the north coast of Alaska as of this image on July 29th, 2017.

Beaufort Sea Ice

 

The latest MODIS satellite imagery (from May 19, 2017) shows the sea ice destabilizing off the Wales to Espenberg coast on the northern side of the Seward Peninsula. A lead forming from near Espenberg to Cape Krusenstern can be seen, which could cause further destabilization of the sea ice in this area.

Satellite Image of Sea Ice May 19, 2017

 

As of April 16th, we are seeing the sea ice breaking up in the Bering Strait region. 

Sea ice on satellite imagery over Bering Strait

 

Bering Sea Ice

 

Sea Ice Near the Bering Strait