Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack16 February 2017
Sentinels warn of dangerous ice crack16 February 2017 Following the appearance of a large crack in the ice shelf close to the Halley VI research station in Antarctica, information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites helped to decide to close the base temporarily.
CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice08 February 2017
CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice08 February 2017 A novel way of using ESA’s CryoSat mission has revealed how lakes beneath Thwaites Glacier drained into the Amundsen Sea – potentially the largest such outflow ever reported in this region of West Antarctica.
Satellite cousins have ice covered16 December 2016
Satellite cousins have ice covered16 December 2016 Although not designed to deliver information on ice, ESA’s Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can detect thin sea-ice. Since its cousin, CryoSat, is better at measuring thicker ice scientists have found a way of using these missions together to yield an ev...
Satellites track variations in Antarctica’s glacial retreat12 December 2016
Satellites track variations in Antarctica’s glacial retreat12 December 2016 Five satellites spanning two decades have revealed variations in the timing and pace of glacial retreat in West Antarctica. Some glaciers’ thinning spreads up to three times faster than on neighbouring tributaries, and was offset by decades.
Sharing Earth observation satellite data to help understand our planet01 December 2016 Since the launch of the first Earth-observing satellites in the 1970s, numerous missions from international space organisations have taken to the sky. Today, decades of data are helping scientists to build a better picture of changes to our planet.