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Minimum Arctic sea ice extent 2007-2020

Artic sea ice reached a minimum extent of 3.74 million square kilometers (1.44 million square miles) on September 15, 2020. This is the second lowest minimum ice extent recorded. Artic sea ice typically reaches its minimum in September, after melting during the summer. September Arctic sea ice has been decreasing at a rate of almost 13 percent per decade since 1979, indicating the impacts of climate change.

Minimum Arctic sea ice extent from September 2007 to September 2020*

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Source

Release date

September 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2007 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* The figures refer to month's minimum.
Please note that the minimum extent was reached on different dates during September of the respective year.

The figures for 2007 through 2019 are taken from previous press releases.

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