Ever wondered what the North Pole looked like during the summer? Well, there's a cam for that. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a web cam on an ice flow near the North Pole as part of the North Pole Environmental Observatory. These observations help scientists learn more about what's happening in the Arctic Ocean to try and understand how climate change is impacting the region.
Now this cam is set on an ice flow… meaning that the ice does actually move… and quite a bit. So it is never in the same location from one day to the next and is often 50, 100, or even 150 miles away from the Pole at any given time, but it gives you a general idea of what's going on.
The ice in the Arctic so far this year has been higher than in the past few years. Still below average through the summer as you can see in the graph above, but not nearly as low as 2012 or 2011 and is actually the largest mass we have seen this far into the fall since 2008. What does that all mean?? Well, who knows, but scientists are still trying to figure it out. Enjoy!!