Digital Typhoon: 2018 Sea Ice Information
1. Drift Ice in the Sea of Okhotsk in 2018
Please also refer to Latest information of sea ice and Information sources on sea ice.
This page shows satellite images of the Sea of Okhotsk in terms of the latest image, and time-lapse animation taken every 10 minutes from 11:00 JST to 13:00 JST (From 02:00 UTC to 04:00 UTC) every day from January 1 to April 30. After 2016 season, by taking advantage of high frequency observation and color image creation of Himawari-8 Satellite, which started its operation on July 7, 2015, images have improved in frequency from every hour to every 10 minutes, and in color from gray-scale to color.
In the left side of an image, you can see the island of Sakhalin and on the right of it you can see a white band extending vertically. This is the drift ice drifting on the Sea of Okhotsk. Hokkaido is located at the bottom left. Clicking the left image starts the time lapse animation. Drift ice can be recognized by different types of motion; clouds change their forms every image, but the band of sea ice changes slowly in one day (reference: other sources).
2. Other Sea Ice Seasons