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Historical Sea Ice Time Series from the Atlantic Arctic


The Historical Sea Ice Time Series from the Atlantic Arctic data collection is a compilation of existing century-scale time series derived from historical observations and sea ice charts from a range of sources. The purpose of the dataset is to provide a convenient compilation and consistent description of these data that are published, though scattered. Provided here are various indices of sea-ice conditions, ranging from estimated sea-ice extent, sea-ice edge, sea-ice export and sea-ice incidence (duration). The original time series were constructed by individual researchers using various sources ranging from historical ice charts to annals and other descriptive information. Spatially, the data span the Atlantic Arctic from Newfoundland to the Barents and Baltic Seas. Temporally, the time series range from approximately one to three centuries.

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  • 1.0 (2009-07-23)
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Spatial Type point
Frequency other
Language English
Grant Code 531286
ISO Topic Categories
  • oceans
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 1720-01-01 00:00:00
End datetime 2002-12-31 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 80.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 48.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -90.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: 40.00

Primary point of contact information

Martin Miles <>

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Example citation following ESIP guidelines:

Miles, M. 2009. Historical Sea Ice Time Series from the Atlantic Arctic. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 30 Oct 2020.

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