Average extent of arctic sea ice in March and September 1979-2007
The figure shows the average ice extents for these two months after 1979. The linear trend for March indicates that the Arctic is losing an average of 44 000 km2 of ice per year in winter. The corresponding value for September and summer is 72 000 km2.
Geographical coverage: Arctic and the North pole
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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