Svalbard polar bear habitat higher than average – here’s what that looks like

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Polar bear habitat around Svalbard in the Barents Sea is currently slightly above average for 23 June 2017: this short post records what that amount of ice looks like according to the Norwegian Ice Service (NIS).

Svalbard ice extent 2017 June 23_NIS from archive

Compare to 2015 at the same date, the year that the last polar bear count was conducted for the Svalbard region, when many cubs were seen and the bears were reported in excellent condition:

Svalbard ice extent 2015 June 23_NIS from archive

How the year has gone for Svalbard sea ice:

Svalbard ice extent 2017 June 23 graph_NIS

Barents Sea area, for 24 June:
Barents Sea ice extent 2017 June 24_NIS

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