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Ice Animated

Ice Animated

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, March 9, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, environment, climate change

                              Antarctic Ice Flow Animation (credit: NASA, JPL, ESA, and others)

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has utilized data gathered by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency ESA), and other agencies to visualize how ice flows on Antarctica. The radar data, captured by Landsat satellites scanning across the continent, clearly show how ice moves from the interior to the exterior of the continent.

According to JPL, the animated radar measurements show how glaciers on Antarctic flow from the interior to the coasts. Such data analysis methods will be critical for tracking sea-level rise from climate change as one researcher noted,

"it's like seeing a map of all the oceans' currents together for the first time and so it is a 'game-changer' for glaciology."

The visualization also shows how rapidly and from where ice might move from interior Antarctica as coastal floating glaciers collapse from warming oceans and the atmosphere from climate change.

You probably didn't expect important data could also be so beautiful to view.

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