22nd of July: I'm a bit too early with this, but that's to make up for the things I'm late with. Due to the recent switch in weather patterns it is safe to expect that - at least for a while - we'll see increased advection of ice through Fram Strait. As last year's Race to Fram Strait blog post(s) quite nicely showed the ice transport starting halfway August, I'm starting this animation now.
The images were retrieved from the Uni Bremen sea ice concentration map archive, which I prefer over cloudy MODIS images. This animation will be regularly updated and can also be viewed through the animations page (button in the menu bar).
Now, without further ado:
Update September 8th: Added images from the previous two days. Here too some of the ice reappears, but obviously the winds are tearing into the ice pack.
Update September 6th: Added images from the previous two days. The ice pack seems to expand a bit more towards the Atlantic. Update 2: And some of the ice goes missing on the preliminary map.
Update September 3rd: Added images from the previous five days. Not much happening, I think. Rather than seeing transport, we see the edge of the ice pack receding.
Update August 30th: Added images from the previous three days.
Update August 26th: Added images from the previous two days. The ice is one the move, although the ice pack isn't really expanding towards Fram (due to melting in warm waters?).
Update August 24th: Added images from the previous four days. Transport could be in the works in a day or two.
Update August 21st: Added images from the previous seven days. Still a stalemate.
Update August 14th: Added images from the previous four days. The ice pack is pulling back again.
Update August 11th: Added images from the previous two days, and removed images from July. Transport is steaming full speed ahead.
Update August 8th: Added images from the previous three days. Some serious ice transport going on there. If this keeps up...
Update August 5th: Added images from the previous three days, and removed images of the first ten. As was mentioned by Paul Klemencic transport towards the Atlantic has resumed.
Update August 2nd: Added images from the previous three days. Ice transport might be resuming.
Update Juy 31st: Added images from the previous two days. Due to atmospheric pressures ice transport has been transported towards the Laptev Sea. One of the clear signs is the area of water opening up on the northeast coast of Greenland from July 26th onwards.
Update July 28th: Added today's image. Still no ice transport through Fram, and bound to stay that way for a few days to come.
Update July 27th: Added today's image. Things moving more towards Olga Strait (between Svalbard and Franz Josef Land).
Update July 26th: Added today's image. Things moving more slowly now.
Update July 25th: Added today's image.
Update July 24th: Added today's image. If you look carefully, you see the ice pack has started moving towards the Svalbard archipelago (again) since July 22nd.
Update July 23rd: Added yesterday's and today's image.
The transport isn't very apparent yet, only if you focus on the area between Svalbard and Franz Josef Land (bonus question: what was the name of that Strait again?). Coincidentally I came across this interesting paper by Ron Kwok (2009) called Outflow of Arctic Ocean Sea Ice into the Greenland and Barents Seas: 1979–2007.
On a final note, I want to add that there seems to be quite a bit more sea ice in the Greenland Sea than usual: