By Jay T. Cullen
In preparation for our upcoming Arctic field season we have been paying attention to sea ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the Beaufort Sea. Over the course of the northern hemisphere winter sea ice forms and spreads across the Arctic Ocean reaching farther and farther south. Maximum extent of the ice is normally recorded in late February to early March of every year. This year the maximum ice extent was the smallest ever measured since the scientific community began to keep records of sea ice extent.
The following video was released by NASA explaining the situation: