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standard CryoSat Shows Record Loss of Polar Ice

Using 200 million measurements collected by ESA’s CryoSat mission between January 2011 and January 2014, researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany have discovered that the Antarctic ice sheet is shrinking in volume by 125 cubic kilometres a year. The study, which was published in a paper published on 20 August 2014 in the European Geosciences Union’s Cryosphere journal, also showed that Greenland is losing about 375 cubic kilometres a yearUsing 200 million measurements collected by ESA’s CryoSat mission between January 2011 and January 2014, researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany have discovered that the Antarctic ice sheet is shrinking in volume by 125 cubic kilometres a year. The study, which was published in a paper published on 20 August 2014 in the European Geosciences Union’s Cryosphere journal, also showed that Greenland is losing about 375 cubic kilometers a year. Source: Helm et al., The Cryosphere, 2014

Scientists concerned about climate change are closely monitoring the thickness of polar sea ice. For many years, ice cover has been deemed a significant gauge of global warming’s impact on the Earth. The loss of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica could speed up the rate of global warming, [...]

standard Ice Mapping App

With the new CryoSatApp, elevation profiles are at your fingertips. Users can select the day and orbit from which they want to extract the data, and view Earth’s ice profile from that orbit. Credits: ACS/ESA

The European Space Agency has released a new iOS app for accessing ice data from the ESA’s CryoSat mission.  Cryosat-2 was launched in April of last year to collect data to further understanding of the relationship between the world’s ice coverage and climate change.  Data collected from the satellite includes [...]