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        Link Between Arctic Sea Ice Cover and Solar Radiation Absorbed

        See the link between the decrease in Arctic sea ice and the increase in solar radiation absorbed by the Arctic Ocean, as observed by NASA’s Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments during the summers of 2000 through 2014. The images show that the regions of greatest ice loss correspond with regions of greatest increase in absorption.

        To view the Background Essay, Teaching Tips, and Student Handout for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

        Change in Sea Ice Cover, 2000–2014

        This visual shows the change in Arctic sea ice cover since 2000. Darker shades of blue indicate a greater percentage of ice loss.

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        Change in Solar Radiation Absorbed, 2000–2014

        This visual shows the change in solar radiation absorbed over the Arctic Ocean since 2000. Darker shades of red represent greater change in increased absorption.

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