Satellites record glacier thinning
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Satellites record Antarctic glacier thinning

The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica has been captured in a new, long-term satellite record that tracks the thinning of the region's huge glaciers.

The ice streams concerned all terminate in the Amundsen Sea and are significant contributors to global ocean rise.

Their names are Pine Island, Thwaites, Pope, Smith, and Kohler.

Dr Hannes Konrad from Leeds University said the study would be used to calibrate models that try to project future change in the Amundsen Sea sector.

  • 12 Dec 2016