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As I recall, the text is in a layer, so you got to flatten the image, I am pretty sure that will work!


Nice work! If using Photoshop or many other image editors it is pretty easy, use the text tool in each frame, but I dont know what editor you are using?
But I sure we can make use of your talent in "our" documentation department.

Back to the animation, you can easily see a lot ice was moved away in those few days. When we get into the real melting season there will be many more actions both here and other glaciers as well as sea ice movements.

Size is perfect for this event, and the "weight" 5 -600 kb is fine nowadays, but more frames more "weight"!


Looks good, how about a close up and cropped Modis 250 m of Ilulissat Icefjord from day 79  to 84?

Hi Sigmetnow;

Just try to get used to some of the many gif/png/jpg animators on the net, and of course a nice image editor eg. Photoshop / Gimp etc.
Then you are on the road!

And we need some animators (gif/png/jpg) because there will be a lot to do, and we cant depend on A-Team alone.


May we could ask you to create an animation from Modis, where the calving and cleaning is shown .
It is from day 80 to 84?

After a few more studies, I found there was some calving activity between day 80 and 84 (today) from the Glacier/Bræ as well.

Thanks ivica!

Spring cleaning Ilulissat Icefjord;

A big of piece of ice that was resting on the southern shore is on the move:

Espen:   Has this happened this early before?  I seem to remember a similar melting in April but never March. 


I am not sure about how unusual these March temperatures are, but I went true Modis, and I did not find any images indicating this low level of snow cover in March?


I have the feeling this season will be very busy, and there will be a lot of places to watch!? :)


I am aware of that, but this year hardly no snow cover  in the area, and the blue ice indicating melting.

Reposted from Arctic Sea Ice Blog;

Jakobshavn Isbræ/Sermeq Kujalleq;

The whole coast north and south of Ilulissat Icefjord, is almost without snowcover and the "ice"fjord is nearly free of ice debris from the glacier, the blue ice color up the "hills" from the coastline, indicating start of melting:

Arctic sea ice / Re: Vote with your guts - And if... ?
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:55:51 PM »

Another triangle?
Yes I think we will be below that, in 2 max. 3 years.

It is already done above.


Thanks for all material / images you have supplied to the blog, and I am sure the whole community here appreciate it, at least we get "A front line view of the situation", I can only ask you to ship as much material on the sea ice conditions that is possible, so that we can "analyze" it:
And good luck with the expedition.



Re posted from Arctic Sea Ice Blog:

Station North Greenland and Lincoln Sea,

Heavy sea ice turbulence and cracking is seen north of Station North, this can be watched from the Modis Swath material of today. Further down the North Eastern coast of Greenland, of Joekelbugt and a bit north the fast/solid sea ice is seen disintegrating.

Another big fracture is seen across the remaining (from yesterday) solid Sea Ice in Lincoln Sea.

And now we have the Sun  8) to start the boiling process!

I guess these images were taken yesterday north of CAA and Greenland?

Some of the leads are pretty amazing.

From Arctic Sea Ice Blog:

Lincoln Sea / Station Nord Greenland:

With almost only half of the remaining "solid" sea ice left in Lincoln Sea, and a small part above Station Nord and this part is gone in a few days, the whole coast line from Banks Island (Canada) to Flade Isblink (Greenland), is free of solid sea ice, I am convinced we can call this a historic moment, and it is only March 20.

Joekelbugt and South;

The amount of solid sea ice is very low too, even compared to recent years, and the sea ice is showing signs of disintegration from above Île de France to Shannon Island in the south.

The Sea Ice Grinder is entering into Lincoln Sea in direction of Cape Sheridan, I don't believe the "solid" Sea Ice in the area will survive much longer, the question now will this action enter Robeson Channel and the rest of Nares Strait too?

NB: Please use the 250 meter image enlargement below! 

Thought it was time to re-highlight the latest fracture line - we are well over 1,500 miles long.

Anyone seen this in the past? I am still using the word "unprecedented" for this given time of year, physical forces exerted on MYI, and the implications for movement and melt - the models aren't keeping up. HYCOM CICE modeled this fracturing 4-5 days in the future - not now.

Also the OSU SLP/ST/Wind models forecast a low developing over the CAB by 032213 0000.

We are in for an interesting - and perhaps foreboding - Spring in the Arctic.

Some of these fractures reaches all the way from the coast of Ellesmere / Greenland to Franz Josef Land (Russia)?

Arctic sea ice / Re: Arctic sea ice free (extent)
« on: March 07, 2013, 10:35:32 PM »
I think the vote should be: When do believe the Arctic Sea will be sea ice free below 1.000.000 km2 for the first time during the melt season?

Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: Petermann Glacier
« on: March 06, 2013, 08:10:50 PM »


I believe you can reduce the height of that pyramid within the dotted line before the end of the month or in other words, its area can be reduced by at least half.

 Yes the situation is pretty bad north of CAA, and the results of this sea ice on the loose is clearly seen on this Russian Ice Chart, try to flicker the images from the beginning of January, and you will see a lot of MYI exported true Fram.
The edge of the MYI to the north from Russia is almost reaching the north pole now, best seen on the latest image in March.
But one strange thing though is the lack of the fast ice reaching out from  the Joekelbugt / Shannon Island area, there is almost nothing left of it.
And then some good news, the winter is over and Good Old Petermann, will show up on today's Modis images, let the season start!!! 8)

Yes I forgot to answer, yes this Fragmentation Event will have big consequences for the whole Arctic Sea this season!

Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: Petermann Glacier
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:34:17 AM »

Yes I am pretty sure we have a new set of standards, when we look at the various glaciers in the northern parts of Greenland.
I don't see records of so many important glacier movements in one season, as seen last season (2012),
we had Petermann: Big calving, Steensby: First ever reported calving, Zachariae: The ice tongue separation, Newman Bugt unnamed glacier: Calving.
Yes 2013 will be an interesting season glacier wise!

Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: Petermann Glacier
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:20:50 PM »
Hi Neven,

Yes I agree she should be calm for a while, logically , but I have noticed some shades in the images from DMI, that is worth investigating during the season?

Petermann looks suspicious, will it surprise us once more this season (2013)?

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