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Satellite image of Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent
Press Release - Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent

26 Septemper 2022 — The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has determined the 2022 minimum Arctic sea ice extent occurred in mid-September 2022 with an area of 4.72 million square kilometers based on analysis from the USNIC’s Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS), used in the Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent (MASIE) product, jointly created with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

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Press Release - Call for Abstracts for AMS 2023 Session Topic: “Advancements in Operational and Scientific Sea Ice Applications”

U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) requests all cryosphere professionals to consider submitting an abstract to the USNIC’s session, “Advances in Operational and Scientific Sea Ice Applications,” at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 2023 annual meeting, January 8-12, 2023 in Denver (and online). All are encouraged to consider an oral presentation.

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Press Release - U.S. National Ice Center Deploys Buoy in Data-Sparse’d Arctic

15 August 2022 — U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography (Naval Oceanography) representation from U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) were part of personnel aboard the USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) to successfully deploy Sofar Ocean spotter-buoys during its patrol to the North Pole, this Summer.

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Press Release - USNIC Receives Esri Special Achievement Award

13 July 2022 — U.S. National Ice Center's(USNIC) Information Technology Department Head, Mr. George Wachira, accepted an Esri Special Achievement award in Geographic Information Systems(GIS) at the 2022 Esri User Conference on behalf of USNIC's workfore.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A74_A_B
Press Release - Iceberg A-74 Has Calved into A-74A and A-74B

10 Jun 2022 — Iceberg A-74 has calved into two icebergs A-74A and A-74B near Berkner Island in the Weddell Sea. As of June 07, A-74A was centered at 76° 55' South and 45° 54' West and measured 28 nautical miles on its longest axis and 18 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Iceberg C-39
Press Release - Iceberg C-39 Has Calved From the Scott Glacier area of the Shackleton Ice Shelf

25 April 2022 — Iceberg C-39 has calved from the Scott Glacier area of the Shackleton Ice Shelf in the Wilkes Land Region of Antarctica. As of April 22, C-39 was centered at 65° 40' South and 99° 44' East and measured 15 nautical miles on its longest axis and 8 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Iceberg C-38A and C-38B
Press Release - Iceberg C-38 Has Calved into Two Smaller Icebergs named C-38A and C-38B

21 March 2022 — Iceberg C-38 Has Calved into two new icebergs named C-38A and C-38B. C-38A was centered at 65° 16' South and 101° 47' East and measured 10 nautical miles on its longest axis and 8 nautical miles on its widest axis. C-38B was centered at 65° 07' South and 101° 43' East and measured 8 nautical miles on its longest axis and 7 nautical miles on its widest axis. In the five days since calving from the Conger Ice Shelf, these icebergs have drifted approximately 40 nautical miles to the west northwest.

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Satellite image of Arctic Sea Ice at Maximum Extent
Press Release - Arctic Sea Ice at Maximum Extent for Winter Season 2022

22 March 2022 — The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has determined the 2022 maximum Arctic sea ice extent occurred at the end of February 2022 with an area of 15.04 million square kilometers based on analysis from the USNIC’s Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS), used in the Multisensor Analyzed Sea Ice Extent (MASIE) product, jointly created with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

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Satellite image of Iceberg C-38
Press Release - Iceberg C-38 Has Calved as the Conger Ice Shelf Broke Free in the Wilkes Land Region

17 March 2022 — Iceberg C-38 has calved from the Conger Ice Shelf in the Wilkes Land Region of Antarctica. As of March 17, C-38 was centered at 65° 40' South and 102° 46' East and measured 16 nautical miles on its longest axis and 10 nautical miles on its widest axis. C-38 comprised virtually all that remained of the Conger ice shelf, which was adjacent to the Glenzer Ice Shelf which calved last week as iceberg C-37.

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Satellite image of Great Lakes on 26 Feb 2022
Press Release - Great Lakes Reaches Maximum Ice Coverage

15 March 2022 — The U.S. National Ice Center has determined that the Great Lakes experienced maximum ice coverage for the 2021-2022 ice season of approximately 56% on February 26, 2022.

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Satellite image of Iceberg C-37
Press Release - Iceberg C-37 Broke Free from Bowman Island in the Wilkes Land Region

08 March 2022 — Iceberg C-37 has calved from the remnants of the Glenzer Ice Shelf. As of March 7, C-37 was centered at 65° 35' South and 103° 23' East and measured 13 nautical miles on its longest axis and 3 nautical miles on its widest axis

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-79
Press Release - Iceberg A-79 Calves from the Larsen-D Ice Shelf

04 March 2022 — Iceberg A-79 has calved from the Larsen-D Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea, continuing a years-long process of calving that has resulted in several named icebergs. As of March 4th, A-79 was centered at 71° 08' South and 60° 28' West and measured 9.5 nautical miles on its longest axis and 3 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Iceberg D-31
Press Release - Iceberg D-31 Calves from the Eastern Fimbul Ice Shelf.

26 January 2022 — Iceberg, D-31 has calved from the Fimbul Ice Shelf on the Princess Martha Coast of Antarctica, located at at 69°54’ South, 2°20’ East. It measures 16 nautical miles on its longest axis and 2 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-69C
Press Release - Iceberg A-69B Has Broken in Half and Calved A-69C.

28 October 2021 — Iceberg, A-69C. A-69C is located at at 66°51’ South, 59°39’ West, in the Weddell Sea. It measures 10 nautical miles on its longest axis and 3 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Press Release - Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent

22 September 2021 — U.S. National Ice Center determined the 2021 Arctic sea ice extent minimum was reached on September 12, 2021.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-78
Press Release - Iceberg A-78 Calves from Jelbart Ice Shelf

26 August 2021 — Iceberg A-78 has calved from the Jelbart Ice Shelf on the Princess Martha Coast of Antarctica, located at 70° 21' South, 3° 58' West, measuring 18 nautical miles on its longest axis and 4 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Press Release - IMS data will now be available in NetCDF format for 1km and 4km gridded data

18 August 2021 — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) team at the NSIDC (NOAA@NSIDC) and U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) announced Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System (IMS) data is now available in NetCDF file format for 1km and 4km gridded data.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-77
Press Release - Iceberg A-77 Calves from Ekstrom Ice Shelf

15 August 2021 — Iceberg A-77 has calved from the Ekstrom Ice Shelf on the Princess Martha Coast of Antarctica, located at 70° 44' South, 10° 47' West, measuring 27 nautical miles on its longest axis and 4 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Press Release - U.S. National Ice Center Welcomes New Director

12 July 2021 — CDR Casey J. Gon relieved CDR Heather H. Quilenderino as Commanding Officer of NAVICEN during a change of command ceremony held at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD on 08 July 2021 at 1000.

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Satellite image of Icebergs D-29 and D-30
Press Release - Five New Icebergs in Queen Maud Land Region

07 June 2021 — Iceberg D-28 collided with ice shelves in the Queen Maud Land Region of Antarctica creating 5 new icebergs.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-76A, A-76B, and A-76C
Press Release - Iceberg A-76 Calves into Icebergs A-76A, A-76B, and A-76C

26 May 2021 — Iceberg A-76 has calved two large icebergs. A-76 is now known as A-76A. The icebergs which formed are named A-76B, and A-76C.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-76
Press Release - Iceberg A-76 Calves from Ronne Ice Shelf

14 May 2021 — Iceberg A-76 has calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf, located at 75° 17' South, 58° 54' West, measuring 89 nautical miles on its longest axis and 14 nautical miles on its widest axis. This makes A-76 the largest iceberg in the world.

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Image depicting 2021 maximum ice coverage on March 10
Press Release - Arctic Sea Ice at Maximum Extent

02 April 2021 — The U.S. National Ice Center has determined that the 2021 maximum Arctic sea ice extent occurred on 10 March 2021 with an area of 14.87 million square km.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-75
Press Release - Iceberg A-75 Calves from the Larsen-F Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea

26 March 2021 — A-75 has calved from the Larsen-F Ice Shelf, just north of Larsen-G and the Ronne Ice Shelves. Iceberg A-75 was located at 74° 08' South, 60° 30' West and measures eight nautical miles on its longest axis and three nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-74
Press Release - Iceberg A-74 Calves from the Brunt Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea

01 March 2021 — A-74 has calved from the north facing side of the Brunt Ice Shelf. The new iceberg A-74 was located at 75° 13' South, 25° 41' West and measures 30 nautical miles on its longest axis and 18 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Great Lakes on 20 Feb 2021
Press Release - Great Lakes Reaches Maximum Ice Coverage

01 March 2021 — The U.S. National Ice Center has determined that the Great Lakes experienced maximum ice coverage for the 2020-2021 ice season of approximately 46.5% on February 19, 2021.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-68P
Press Release - Iceberg A-68P Calves from A-68J in the South Atlantic Ocean

10 February 2021 — A-68P has calved from A-68J. As of February 10th, the new iceberg A-68P was located at 56° 22' South, 33° 13' West, and measures 15 nautical miles on its longest axis and two nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-68ON
Press Release - Iceberg A-68N Calves from A-68G

10 February 2021 — A-68G has broken again prompting the naming of A-68O. As of February 10th, the new iceberg A-68O was located at 56° 14' South, 35° 42' West, and measures 11 nautical miles on its longest axis and two nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-68N
Press Release - Iceberg A-68N Calves from A-68G

08 February 2021 — A-68G has broken again prompting the naming of A-68N. As of February 6th, the new iceberg A-68N was located at 56° 54' South, 34° 53' West and measures 15 nautical miles on its longest axis and two nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-68M
Press Release - Iceberg A-68M Calves from A-68G

31 January 2021 — A-68G has broken in half prompting the naming of A-68M in the continued rapid break-up of the A-68A family of icebergs.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-68H and A-69I
Press Release - Icebergs A-68J, A-68K, and A-68L Calve from Iceberg A-68A

30 January 2021 — Three new icebergs (A-68J, A-68K, and A-68L) calved from A-68A in the South Atlantic Ocean. For the third consecutive day, large icebergs have calved from the main iceberg, A-68A.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-68G
Press Release - Icebergs A-68G Calve from A-68A in South Atlantic Ocean

28 January 2021 — The U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) has confirmed a new iceberg calved from iceberg A-68A in the South Atlantic Ocean. The new iceberg A-68G is located at 56° 29' South, 35° 48' West. A-68G measures 29 nautical miles on its longest axis and 10 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-72 and A-73
Press Release - Icebergs A-72 and A-73 Calve from Larsen-D Ice Shelf

19 January 2021 — The Larsen-D Ice Shelf calved two more icebergs which are large enough to be named. The breakup occurred in mid-December 2020 from the northern part of Larsen-D approximately 150 nautical miles north of the recently named A-70 and A-71 icebergs. Similar to the A-70 and A-71 calving, it had been difficult to confirm whether these were icebergs large enough to be named or extremely old sea ice that had fasted to the ice shelf. Recent imagery showing surface topography typical of icebergs has allowed us to confirm these are indeed icebergs. The new iceberg A-72 is located at 69° 39' South, 60° 53' West measures 11 nautical miles on its longest axis and 4 nautical miles on its widest axis. The new iceberg A-73 is located at 69° 47' South, 60° 38' West and measures 9 nautical miles on its longest axis and 5 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-70 and A-71
Press Release - Icebergs A-70 and A-71 Calve from Larsen-D Ice Shelf

08 January 2021 — The Larsen-D Ice Shelf calved several icebergs in a calving event, two of which are large enough to be named. The breakup occurred in early November 2020, but until now it had been impossible to confirm whether these were icebergs large enough to be named or extremely old sea ice that had fasted to the ice shelf. Recent imagery showing surface topography typical of icebergs has allowed us to confirm these are indeed icebergs. The new iceberg A-70 is located at 72° 21' South, 59° 39' West and measures 8 nautical miles on its longest axis and 5 nautical miles on its widest axis. The new iceberg A-71 is located at 72° 31' South, 59° 31' West and measures 8 nautical miles on its longest axis and 3 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Icebergs A-68E and A-68F
Press Release - Icebergs A-68E and A-68F Calve from Iceberg A-68A

22 December 2020 — Two new icebergs calved from A-68A in the South Atlantic Ocean. These new icebergs come just three days after A-68D was calved. The new iceberg named A-68E is located at 56° 45' South and 36° 34' West. A-68E measures 33 nautical miles on its longest axis and 8 nautical miles on its widest axis. The new iceberg A-68F is located at 56° 32' South and 36° 51' West. A-68F measures 14 nautical miles on its longest axis and 7 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Satellite image of Iceberg A-68D
Press Release - Iceberg A-68D Calves from Iceberg A-68A

18 December 2020 — A new iceberg has calved from the A-68A iceberg in the South Atlantic Ocean. This iceberg, named A-68D, is located at 55°5’ South, 37°23’ West. The iceberg measures 10 nautical miles on its longest axis and 5 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Press Release - Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent

24 September 2020 — U.S. National Ice Center determined the 2020 Arctic sea ice extent minimum was reached on September 15, 2020.

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Feature - Operation Deep Freeze Support 2019-2020

31 July 2020 — Senior Ice Analyst Michael Lowe, U.S. National Ice Center, was tasked with deploying on U.S. Coast Guard’s Cutter Polar Star in support of Operation Deep Freeze season 2019-2020. Mr. Lowe provided ice and environmental support for its Antarctic transit to support the resupply of McMurdo Station.

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Press Release - Iceberg A69 Calves Becoming Icebergs A-69A and A-69B

09 July 2020 — The newly named iceberg A-69 has broken into two nameable icebergs. A-69A is located at 69°01’ South, 60°34’ West, in the Weddell Sea, it measures 10 nautical miles on its longest axis and 9 nautical miles on its widest axis. Iceberg A-69B is located at 68°52’ South, 60°41’ West, in the Weddell Sea, it measures 10 nautical miles on its longest axis and 7 nautical miles on its widest axis.

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Press Release - Iceberg A-69 Calves from Larsen-D Ice Shelf

26 June 2020 — A new iceberg has calved from the Larsen-D Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea. A-69 is located at 68°59’ South, 60°38’ West in the Weddell Sea. The iceberg measures 19 nautical miles on its longest axis and 10 nautical miles on its widest axis with an area of approximately 135 square nautical miles.

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Press Release - Iceberg B-50 Calves from Getz Ice Shelf

24 April 2020 — Iceberg B-50 calved from the eastern edge of the Getz Ice Shelf in the Amundsen Sea. B-50 is located at 73°44' South, 128°41' West and measures 15 nautical miles on its longest axis and 6 nautical miles on its widest axis with an area of approximately 62 square nautical miles.

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Press Release - Iceberg A-68C Calves from A-68A

24 April 2020 — The U.S. National Ice Center has confirmed that a new iceberg calved from parent iceberg A-68A, currently the world’s largest iceberg. The new iceberg A-68C is the second to calve from origin iceberg A-68.

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Press Release - Pine Island Glacier Calves New Iceberg (B-49)

10 February 2020 - The National Ice Center named a new iceberg that meets the criteria for tracking by the USNIC. This iceberg from Pine Island Glacier is part of a larger calving event that mostly broke apart into smaller pieces.

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Press Release - Dotson Ice Shelf Calves New Iceberg (B-48)

06 February 2020 - The U.S. National Ice Center named a new iceberg that meets the criteria for tracking by the USNIC. This particular iceberg calved from the Dotson Ice Shelf in the Amundsen Sea just west of Thwaites Glacier.

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Feature: Iceberg A-68A on the move

27 January 2020 - Over the last two months Antarctica's largest iceberg, A-68A, has been moving off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. This feature product shows the movement over the last 2 months in an animated graphic.

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Press Release - Amery Ice Shelf Calves a New Iceberg (D-28)

04 October 2019 - The U.S. National Ice Center named a new iceberg when it calved from the western half of the Amery Ice Shelf

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Press Release - Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent 2019

04 October 2019 - U.S. National Ice Center determined the 2019 Arctic sea ice extent minimum was reached on September 17, 2019. This year’s analysis indicated a minimum 3-day average of 3.916 million square kilometers.

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