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NASA's ICESat-2 mission tracks the decline of ice sheets

Using the most advanced Earth-observing laser instrument NASA has ever flown in space, scientists have made precise, detailed measurements of how the elevation of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have changed over 16 years.

NASA launching advanced laser to measure Earth's changing ice

Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission to measure – in unprecedented detail – changes in the heights of Earth's polar ice.
 

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Artist s conception of ICESat-2.
Artist's conception of ICESat-2.
NASA
(Top) Mass change for Antarctica. (Bottom) Mass changes at the grounding line. Highest mass loss rat...
(Top) Mass change for Antarctica. (Bottom) Mass changes at the grounding line. Highest mass loss rates are in West Antarctica and Wilkes Land, East Antarctica. Map and grounding line mass change have been smoothed with a 35 km median filter for improved visualization.
Ben Smith et al.
An artist s rendition of the ICESat-2 satellite
An artist's rendition of the ICESat-2 satellite
NASA/Goddard
(Top) Mass change (m ice equivalent per year). (Bottom) Mass changes around the margin. Map and ice ...
(Top) Mass change (m ice equivalent per year). (Bottom) Mass changes around the margin. Map and ice margin mass change have been smoothed with a 35 km median filter for improved visualization.
Ben Smith et al.

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