Mid-winter polar bear sea ice habitat is abundant & within range of long-term average

Dr. Susan Crockford

Ahead of International Polar Bear Day (27 February) this year, polar bear habitat is as abundant as it has been for decades. This is a tough time for polar bears, many of which will be finding it hard to find seals to eat, as newborn seals won’t be an available food resource for about a month in most areas. Thin and hungry bears are dangerous.

Sea ice charts below for the Arctic as a whole and by region.

Global sea ice extent NSIDC Masie

Global sea ice extent compared to long term average NSIDC Interactive Sea Ice Graph

Global ice extent 2022 vs. last four years NSIDC Regional Graphs

Global sea ice thickness DMI

Keeping in mind that dark blue and purple areas (first year ice) are the best hunting habitat for polar bears because they are the best habitat for seals:

Canadian Arctic extent and concentration Canadian Ice Service

Chukchi/Bering Sea stage of development (legend below) Alaska Sea Ice Program

Barents Sea/East Greenland/Kara Sea ice concentration and extent Norwegian Ice Service

Barents/Svalbard region closeup Norwegian Ice Service

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Ron Long
February 25, 2022 2:36 am

Good to know everything is normal, if not a little messy: polar bears eat seals, sharks eat tuna, and Russia invades neighbor.

Reply to  Ron Long
February 25, 2022 2:41 am

And what was Obama doing in Ukraine 🤔

Ron Long
Reply to  Derg
February 25, 2022 3:52 am

Obama sent VP Biden to Ukraine, and Biden demanded that Ukraine stop investigating the corrupt company paying Hunter Biden influence money, part of which went to VP Biden ((from book Red-Handed, by Schwizer).

Reply to  Derg
February 25, 2022 7:10 am

Obama wasn’t doing much of anything in Ukraine, and he certainly wasn’t invading it with tanks, missiles, and 200,000+ troops.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Reacher51
February 25, 2022 7:47 am

Obama invaded the Ukraine with the Biden family, much more destructive. Let’s Go Brandon!

Reply to  Ron Long
February 25, 2022 5:17 am

Put sever sanctions on polar bears that cross from Russian to European Arctic!
Bill McKibben: “This is how we defeat Putin and other petrostate autocrats: Imagine a Europe that ran on solar and wind power”

Fools are born every day and with age some mature into idiots.

Reply to  Vuk
February 25, 2022 5:41 am

Imagine a Europe that ran on solar and wind power

We don’t need to imagine it – it’s bloody freezing!

Reply to  Vuk
February 25, 2022 6:43 am

Wait…so you want to sanction Red polar bears?….

Reply to  Vuk
February 25, 2022 8:57 am

Nah – Ol’ Weepy Bill was born an idiot. He’s matured into a full-on Brandon now.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Vuk
February 25, 2022 9:40 am

Imagine a Europe that ran on solar and wind power”

Correct/realistic version: “Imagine a Europe without heat, transport fuels and electricity.”

‘Medieval Times’ here we come! For real!

Janice Moore
Reply to  AGW is Not Science
February 25, 2022 11:18 am

Those, indeed, were the days…. of cold and hunger and drudgery…..
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Our ancestors gave up wind power for fossil fuel power.

But, we know better.

Reply to  Janice Moore
February 25, 2022 4:19 pm

Now that’s wind power … for pumping water.
Hi Janice!

Janice Moore
February 25, 2022 4:29 pm

Hi! 🙂

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Vuk
February 25, 2022 9:46 am

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell

Patrick Maher
Reply to  Ron Long
February 26, 2022 8:26 am

Things are normal

February 25, 2022 3:25 am

But but but

“ Climate change has intensified the global water cycle by up to 7.4% – compared with previous modelling estimates of 2% to 4%,”



“ Sohail said the volume of extra freshwater that had already been pushed to the poles as a result of an intensifying water cycle was far greater than previous climate models suggest.”

This article isn’t based on modelling so it can’t be right. /s

Reply to  fretslider
February 25, 2022 5:49 am

“ Climate change has intensified the global water cycle by up to 7.4%”

“Up to” includes all the negative numbers, so I can agree with that.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  fretslider
February 25, 2022 9:59 am

About 60% of a human is water, the population of the world has increased by about 6.5 billion since 1840. Each human weighs, say, 60 kg. So about 250 million tonnes of water has been removed from the water cycle, enough to make the likes of Griff wet his pants. More climate damage by humans

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 25, 2022 3:33 am

I notice that the Icebreaker Odin is still needed to keep the Baltic navigable. Darn! Yet another year no patrol in Antarctica to study the melting glaciers there.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 25, 2022 12:28 pm

Well this year the seaice surrounding Antarctica is the lowest in the satellite period, area about 1.2 m million km^2.

Climate believer
Reply to  Phil.
February 26, 2022 12:46 am

Since 1979, the total annual Antarctic sea ice extent has increased about 1 percent per decade.

February 25, 2022 4:37 am

This year’s extent is already higher than that recorded in 1974 of 14.4 million km2 (Parkinson and Cavalieri, J. Geo. Res. 1989).

February 25, 2022 5:51 am

This can’t be true! AlGore:TheGoreacle said the Arctic is totally ice free and tropical. Manbearpig would never lie! 😉

Tom Abbott
Reply to  2hotel9
February 25, 2022 11:07 am

Maybe Al Gore and John Kerry should form a duet.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 25, 2022 6:48 pm

I thought they already did?

Ireneusz Palmowski
February 26, 2022 1:04 am

GLSEA (The Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis) is a digital map of the Great Lakes surface water temperature and ice cover which is produced daily at GLERL. The lake surface temperatures are derived from NOAA polar-orbiting satellite imagery.comment image

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