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"At Risk" Ice Shelves and Outlet Glaciers

NASAThis project is funded by NASA grant NNG06GA69G


Evaluate "at risk" ice shelves and outlet glaciers


Ted Scambos, C. Hulbe, and C. Shuman

Project Summary

The Antarctic Peninsula and other regions of frequent melting in the Antarctic represent regions where very rapid changes may occur as climate warms on the Antarctic perimeter. The grant supports remote sensing work combining MODIS image monitoring of ice edge changes and melt pond formation, with ICESat changes in elevation, Landsat and ASTER ice flow mapping, and radar backscatter changes as the firn evolves due to increased melt percolation. At present, research efforts have focused on Crane Glacier, a major glacier draining into the now-disintegrated area of the Larsen B ice shelf.

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