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Rapid Changes in Arctic Glaciers

The team of scientists working under the CCI’s Glaciers project have been using radar and optical satellite data to carefully map Earth’s glaciers at different points in time in order to determine changes to their glacial geometries (e.g. extent and elevation) and movements (i.e. speeds) under a changing climate.  For example, and most recently, the observations provided by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Negribreen glacier, sitting on Norway’s Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, has experienced a surge in ice surface speed – increasing from 1 to 13 m per day over the winter months of 2016/2017.

For more information, please see the ESA news item. Alternatively, for more information on the CCI project, please visit the CCI page for Glaciers.