Sea Ice and Wind

How does wind affect sea ice concentrations?

Choose a time span (1960s–2090s), a region of the ocean off Alaska (Bering, Beaufort, or Chukchi Sea), a threshold wind speed, a wind model, and a climate scenario.

See graphs of sea ice concentration and the fraction of days with winds greater or less than than your threshold wind speed.

You can constrain results to only include coastal areas.

Graphic downloads available.

sea ice viewed from above
Sea ice and leads viewed from above. (photo: Hajo Eicken)

Tool Details

User Groups:

  • Academic Researchers
  • Technical Professionals

Created by:

  • Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)
  • Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning (SNAP)


  • International Arctic Research Center (IARC)

Funded by:

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)