Science Graphic of the Week: Arctic Sea Ice Takes a Hit From Warm Rivers – Wired Science

In the first graphic in the gallery above, those bleeding red stains covering hundreds of square miles represent just how much that pulse of river water warmed the Beaufort Sea. It’s a difference of almost 12 degrees Fahrenheit, on average, and it’s visible from space — at least if you’re the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer riding aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. The instrument images Earth in 36 spectral bands, recording data about things like cloud cover and surface temperatures.

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