Summer 2016 – IMBs

Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Ice Mass Balance Buoys

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,, 2015.

Google Maps/Earth format data and temperature profiles for all active ice mass balance buoys. See the ice mass balance buoy introduction for an explanation of the graphs. Click the pushpins on the Google maps for additional information:


Seasonal Ice Mass Balance Buoy 2015F

View IMB 2015F in a full screen map



An animation of the changing temperature profile of the ice floe below buoy 2015F during the 2016 melting season, courtesy of seaicesailor on the Arctic Sea Ice Forum:


SIZONet mass balance buoy located on landfast ice at Barrow, Alaska

SIZONet Thickness

Barrow ice mass balance buoy temperature profile
Barrow ice mass balance buoy temperature profile for 2016


See also our Arctic sea ice graphs overview page, our Arctic sea ice images page and our Arctic sea ice videos page.

Constructive technical criticism is welcome on the introductory blog post. For discussions about interpreting the information please comment on the “About Our Arctic Sea Ice Resources” page.