2023’s Antarctic sea ice extent is the lowest on record

Antarctic sea ice is a vitally important part of the regional and global climate. In 2023, sea ice extent fell to record lows, reaching unprecedented values for both the summer minimum, winter maximum and intervening freeze-up period. Here, we show that the extreme values observed were truly remarkable within the context of the satellite record, despite the challenge of quantifying how rare such an event might be, and discuss some contributing factors. While this could be part of a decline in sea ice associated with human-caused climate change, it is too early to say conclusively if this is the case.


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On this site: Caroline Holmes, Ella Gilbert
1 February, 2024
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6pp / 46-51
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