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Observe how the sea ice changed in 2016 after it reached its maximum extent in late March and proceeded through the melt season in this video from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Glimpse blue melt ponds on the surface of sea ice as NASA’s Operation IceBridge flies over the Arctic to monitor sea ice conditions at the peak of the summer melt season. Data from such airborne missions help scientists understand and model the future of sea ice.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this video, 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.