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Cryosat Mission long version
- Video Tape only
- Title Cryosat Mission long version
- Date of Production 22/05/2005
- Language English
- Footage Type Documentary
- Copyright ESA
Ice Caps Melting
thickness of ice caps measuring
Start A- Roll : TC : 10.00.40
One of the most hotly debated questions amongst scientists and politicians at the moment is whether global warming is responsible for melting of the polar ice sheets? Some scientist s believe we are at a crucial moment in history, especially when it comes to the future of the Greenland Ice sheet and Artic sea Ice.
Quote: Duncan Wingham/Lead investigator, Cryosat
""The present situation is delicately poised, in Greenland there is plenty of information that the melting is accelerating and once Greenland starts to melt it will get lower, because it gets lower itíll get warmer thereíll be more melt and once Greenland goes it wont come back because it will be too warm at sea level to do it. In Greenland I think were at the point of no return unless we stop the warming "".
This situation comes as no surprise to the European space agency which has spent the last 6 years developing Cryosat, a new Space Mission due to be launched in 2005. Cryosat will monitor land a