Ice drift in the Arctic Ocean
Ice drift from satellite messurement in the Arctic Ocean
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Ice drift in the Arctic Ocean

See also: Animated icedrift and ice concentrations

The ice drift product will not be updated between May and September (both month inclusive), due to dubious quality during ice surface melt.

Monitoring of sea ice motion in the Arctic is an important research and development task, both from climate and human activities perspectives. As part of the EUMETSAT OSI SAF
(, we have been developing an operational sea ice drift observing system, based on sequence of satellite images. The examples displayed on the right are 48 hours motion fields. Each arrow in the map corresponds to the magnitude and direction of the displacement of sea ice during 48 hours. Extreme weather systems as well as ocean eddies are causing most of the rotation patterns. The displacement vectors are automatically processed every day from pairs of images acquired by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E), a satellite sensor operated by NASA.

This product is operational since December 2009. Further information can be found here: