Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

Easy Question

A question was asked recently:


Sorry, it’s not about Arctic not Antarctic, but the Arctic thread seems to be already closed for commenting. There’s a thing I can’t understand about Arctic sea ice – how come according to NSIDC the maximum sea ice extent in 2013 was the 6th lowest in satellite history while Jaxa is showing it to be higher than the 2000’s (not even 2010’s) average?

http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/seaice/extent/Sea_Ice_Extent_L.png

The short answer is: in the JAXA plot, the line labelled “2000’s Average” isn’t the 2000’s average.

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