Arctic sea ice thickness is a very important information and tells a lot about the state of the floating ice sheet. Unfortunately direct measurements are rare and an area-wide assessment from the ground is too costly. Satellites can fill the gap by using freeboard as a proxy but there are still some obstacles like e.g. determining snow cover. Mass balance buoys offer a near realtime view at a few sites and show the characteristics of melting sea ice in summer and freezing in winter. This notebook accesses latest available data and plots daily thickness, temperature, snow cover and drift of the buoys.read more
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