Data . Animated Buoy Movie

Animated Buoy Movies

This page contains links to a number of mpeg movies of buoy drift with underlays of ice concentration, contours of sea level pressure, etc. This is a work in progress. We hope that this project will evolve into a CD that could be used as a tool to teach/understand the interaction between air, sea and ice. Click on each thumbnail image to play that movie.

Demo for 1979 - 1998 with a 5x speed.

Demo just for 1993.

Annual cycle of monthly means.

The production of these films was funded by the The Chapman Chair and by The International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Norbert Untersteiner and Roger Colony, Producers
Ignatius Rigor, Director
Mark Ortmeyer, Camera and Computers

The sea ice concentrations from SMMR/SSMI were obtained from NSIDC

1978-2017: Sea Ice Concentrations from Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I-SSMIS Passive Microwave, Version 1 (
2018 – Present: Near Real Time DMSP SSMIS Daily Gridded Sea Ice Concentrations, Version 1 (

Download the movie here: IABP_NSIDC_IceConc1979-present.mp4 (260 MB)
or Click Below to watch in your browser:



NSIDC Ice Concentrations 1979 - 2019

A beta version with buoy tracks is available here. It needs some cleaning up:
IceMovieWithTracks_Beta.mp4 (307 MB)