February 19, 2021 - Sea Ice off New Brunswick

Sea Ice off New Brunswick

On February 18, 2021, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s acquired a true-color image of sea ice off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada.

Bright white fast ice clings to the shores in several locations in coastal New Brunswick and Prince Edwards Island while thinner, gray-tinted ice floats on the dark waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Northumberland Strait, which separates Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, appears about half frozen.

Young sea ice is typically thin enough to be easily moved by winds and currents, and often takes on serpentine shapes. A few serpentine swirls can be seen near the northern coats. Just off the northern tip of Prince Edward Island a large patch of young ice appears to have been stretched in a northwest to southeast direction by prevailing winds.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 2/18/2020
Resolutions: 1km (66.2 KB), 500m (232.8 KB), 250m (704.4 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC