Another Look at How Much Sea Ice We Are Losing

The last post contained one way of visualizing sea ice loss, and this post is a slightly different way to visualize it.


I took the data from here.


I wanted to see the distribution throughout the year for each year. The method I settled on is this:

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Each square is one day, and each x-axis location is a year. The squares have low opacity, so the darkest blues mean a lot of days overlapped. Thus, for all but 2019 (it hasn't finished yet), this represents the distribution over the course of the year. Plotting it this way, you can immediately see that we haven't had a day with above average global ice levels since 2015 for example. really interesting new information here...just a way to visualize it that I haven't seen previously.

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