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Drifting With Broken Sea Ice

Cracks in the Arctic sea ice are important for satellite-based measurements of the ice’s thickness. They also pose challenges for ship-based researchers participating in the MOSAiC expedition.


NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Top photograph by Manuel Ernst/UFA. Other photographs by Steven Fons/NASA GSFC. Story by Kathryn Hansen.

Published March 30, 2020
Data acquired March 11, 2020

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Suomi NPP > VIIRS