Visit the 2022 Report Card
The warming Arctic reveals shifting seasons, widespread disturbances, and the value of diverse observations
Shifting seasons and climate-driven disturbances, such as wildfires, extreme weather, and unusual wildlife mortality events, are becoming increasingly difficult to assess within the context of what has been previously considered normal.
About the Arctic Report Card
Issued annually since 2006, the Arctic Report Card is a timely and peer-reviewed source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the current state of different components of the Arctic environmental system relative to historical records.
The Report Card is intended for a wide audience, including scientists, teachers, students, decision-makers and the general public interested in the Arctic environment and science.
Image Credit: Icebergs (Ilulisat, Vestgronland, Greenland) by Greenland Travel via Flickr
Report Card Highlights
The Arctic continues to warm more than twice as fast as the rest of the globe, with even greater warming in some locations and times of year.
2022 Arctic sea ice extent was similar to 2021 and well below the long-term average.
August 2022 mean sea surface temperatures continued to show warming trends for 1982-2022 in most ice-free regions of the Arctic Ocean. SSTs in the Chukchi Sea were anomalously cool in August 2022.
Most regions of the Arctic continued to show increased ocean plankton blooms, or ocean primary productivity, over the 2003-22 period, with the greatest increases in the Eurasian Arctic and Barents Sea.