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Ice mass balance buoy data: The table below is a listing of ice mass balance buoys that have been or are currently deployed. General results from each buoy can be displayed by clicking on the buoy name. Buoy data (where available) can be found through a link located on each buoy page; all data is provisional unless it is under the Archived Buoy section.

Please address any questions regarding the data to Bruce Elder (Bruce.C.Elder@usace.army.mil)

 

 

Data policy: We encourage the use of all data on this web site. Please reference any data use as:

Perovich, D., J. Richter-Menge, B. Elder, T. Arbetter, K. Claffey, and C. Polashenski, Observing and understanding climate change: Monitoring the mass balance, motion, and thickness of Arctic sea ice, http://imb.erdc.dren.mil , 2013.

 

     Active buoys

Buoy
Deployment
Location
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Period of
Operation

Initial Ice
Thickness
(cm)

Max. Ice
Thickness
(cm)
Maximum
Snow Depth
(cm)
Ice Growth
(cm)
Surface
ice melt
(cm)
Bottom
ice melt
(cm)
2015F Central Arctic 8/15 - present          
2015E Central Arctic 5/15 - present          
2015D Central Arctic 4/15 - present          
2015B Beaufort Sea 3/15 - present 169          
2014I Beaufort Sea 10/14 - present            
2014G Beaufort Sea 10/14 - present            
                 
      Past buoys
 
      Awaiting final processing
Buoy
Deployment
Location
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Period of
Operation

Initial Ice
Thickness
(cm)

Max. Ice
Thickness
(cm)
Maximum
Snow Depth
(cm)
Ice Growth
(cm)
Surface
ice melt
(cm)
Bottom
ice melt
(cm)
2015A Beaufort Sea 2/15 - 07/15 129          
2014F Beaufort Sea 08/14 - 08/15            
2014E Central Arctic 04/14 - 02/15 173          
2014D Beaufort Sea 04/14 - 08/14 152          
2014C Beaufort Sea 03/14 - 09/14 177          
2014B Beaufort Sea 03/14 - 09/14 177          
2013I Beaufort Sea 08/13 - 06/14 100          
2013H Central Arctic 09/13 - 12/13 130          
2013G Beaufort Sea 08/13 - 4/14 260          
2013F Beaufort Sea 08/13 - 08/15t 140          
2013E Central Arctic 04/13 - 12/13 140          
2013D Beaufort 04/13 - 04/13 143          
2013C Central Arctic 05/13 - 01/14 346          
2013B Central Arctic 04/13 - 12/13 200          
2013A Central Arctic 01/13 - 07/13 80          
2012M Fram Strait 08/12 - 09/13 250          
2012L Beaufort Sea 08/12 - 09/13 335          
2012J Laptev Sea 08/12 - 01/14 109          
2012H Beaufort Sea 08/12 - 01/14 150          
2012I Chukchi Sea 08/12 - 12/12 109          
2012G Central Arctic 10/12 - 05/15 141          
2012F Canadian Islands 05/12 - 08/12 209          
2012E Canadian Islands 05/12 - 08/12 206          
2012D Central Arctic 05/12 - 11/12 167          
2012C Central Arctic 04/12 - 10/12 120          
2012B Central Arctic 04/12 - 10/12 274          
2012A Beaufort Sea 04/12 - 4/12 153          
2011M Central Arctic 09/11 - 04/13 167          
2011L Central Arctic 09/11 - 11/11 110          
2011K Beaufort Sea 08/11 - 05/12 162          
2011J Beaufort Sea 08/11 - 08/12 278          
2011I Beaufort Sea 08/11 - 01/12 210          
2011H Svalbard 04/11 - 07/11 65          
2011G Central Arctic 05/11 - 06/11 254          
2011F Central Arctic 05/11 - 08/11 306          
2011E Canadian Islands 04/11 - 08/11 350          
2011D Central Arctic 04/11 - 01/13 140          
2011C North Pole 04/11 - 12/11 192          
2011B Beaufort Sea 04/11 - 04/11 115          
2011A Beaufort Sea 03/11 - 12/11 350          
2010H Chukchi Sea 10/10 - 09/11 115          
2010G Canadian Islands 10/10 - 07/11 380          
2010F Beaufort Sea 10/10 - 08/11 197          
2010E Beaufort Sea 10/10 - 09/11 182          
2010D Beaufort Sea 07/10 - 09/10            
2010C Nares Straight 05/09 - 09/11   -  -  - - -
2010B Beaufort Sea 04/10 - 09/10            
2010A North Pole 04/10 - 12/10 167          
                 
 
     Awaiting initial processing
2009G Beaufort Sea 10/09 - 01/10 -          
2009F Central Arctic 09/09 - 03/10 180          
2009E Canadian Islands 05/09 - 04/11 305 - - -
2009B Beaufort Sea 04/09 - 09/09 139 -  -  - - -
2009A North Pole 04/09 - 08/09 204 -  -  - - -
2008F Beaufort Sea 08/08 - 01/09 355 355 2 - - 65
2008E North Pole Area 04/08 - 11/08 191 199 4 10 22 81
2008A Beaufort Sea 03/08 - 05/08 126 - - - - -
2006F Laptev Sea 09/06 - 12/07 210 - - - - -
2006C Beaufort Sea 09/06 - 11/07 58 182 22 124 49 92
11/07 - 09/09 290 328 40 38 70 210
2006B North Pole 04/06 - 01/07 405 405 50     10
2005E HOTRAX 08/05 - 08/07

178

- - - - -
2005C Beaufort Sea 08/05 - 08/06 433 - - - -  
2005B Beaufort Sea

08/05 - 8/07

328 - - - - 5
                 

      Archived buoys

Buoy
Deployment
Location
(Click Here for map)

Period of
Operation

Initial Ice
Thickness
(cm)

Max. Ice
Thickness
(cm)
Maximum
Snow Depth
(cm)
Ice Growth
(cm)

Surface
ice melt
(cm)

Bottom
ice melt
(cm)
2009D Central Arctic 04/09 - 06/09 342 -  -  - - -
2008D Central Arctic 04/08 - 02/09 287 292 5 5 55 69
2008C Central Arctic 04/08 - 05/09 271 249 40 12 20 12
2008B Central Arctic 04/08 - 05/09 204 213 9 20 42 25
2007K Canadian Islands 10/07 - 11/07 310 - - - - -
2007J Beaufort Sea 09/07 - 10/09 280 307 17 95 50 55
2007I Central Arctic 09/07 - 09/07 270 - - - - -
2007H Central Arctic 09/07 - 03/08 292 325 - 35 - -
2007G Central Arctic 09/07 - 01/08 259 259 25 0 - -
2007F Beaufort Sea 08/07 - 09/08 304 332 - - - 88
2007E Beaufort Sea 08/07 - 10/08 305 312 17 27 87 177
2007D North Pole 04/07 - 12/07 139 145 10 8 - -
2007C North Pole 04/07 - 02/08 215 223 15 16 50 15
2007B Beaufort Sea 04/07 - 08/07 269 274 5 5 - -
2006E Laptev Sea 08/06 - 09/07 117 243 22 126 - -
2006D Laptev Sea 08/06 - 12/07 108 215 22 106 23 65
2005F HOTRAX 08/05 - 03/07 258 310 15 60 25 10
2005D HOTRAX 08/05 - 12/06 140 - - - - -
2005A North Pole 04/05 - 01/06 220 240 25 - - -
2004E North Pole
08/04 - 05/05
210
245
36
55
*
20
2004D North Pole
04/04 - 04/05
200
211
27, 32
11, 15
19
40
2004C North Pole
04/04 - 04/05
272
272
35
0
1
10
2004B North Pole
04/04 - 01/05
220
227
33
13*
15
11
2004A North Pole
04/04 - 02/05
215
222
39
8, 17
0
22
2003E Laptev Sea
09/03 - 12/03
82
-
-
-
-
-
2003D Beaufort Sea
08/03 - 12/03
225
-
-
-
-
45
2003C Beaufort Sea
04/03 - 07/04
84
200
24
138
40
20, 70
2003B North Pole
04/03 - 07/03
-
-
-
-
-
-
2003A North Pole
04/03 - 07/03
262
262
30
0
-
-
2002A North Pole
04/02 - 02/03
245
255
31
0
15
28
2001A North Pole
04/01 - 10/01
200
-
10
0
30
-
2000B North Pole
04/00 - 10/00
205
-
-
-
-
-
2000A North Pole
04/00 - 02/01
180
185
30
25
30
30
1997F Beaufort Sea
10/97 - 07/98
40
140
45
100
-
-
1997E Beaufort Sea
10/97 - 09/98
180
240
30
60
80
30
1997D Beaufort Sea
10/97 - 09/98
180
250
17
70
70
55
1997C Beaufort Sea
10/97 - 09/98
90
140
60
50
30
80
1997B Beaufort Sea
10/97 - 09/98
800
800
60
0
100
-
1997A Beaufort Sea
10/97 - 09/98
310
330
30
20
55
50
1993A Beaufort Sea
09/93 - 12/94
213
265
30
45
67
25