The data portal uses over 37,000 Landsat image—going all the way back to 1972—to monitor glacier movement.
The authors write:
“The long time span covered by the Landsat scenes allows us to determine long-term flow velocity trends. The high temporal resolution lets us analyze seasonal flow velocity variations of numerous outlet glaciers…The monitoring system provides a powerful tool to examine the flow velocity pattern throughout time and space, and we have detected an acceleration pattern for a number of outlet glaciers.”
Read the full article:
+ Scheinert, M., R. Rosenau, and B. Ebermann (2016), Using landsat to take the long view on Greenland’s glaciers, Eos, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO065625. Published on 29 December 2016.
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+ Velocity fields of Greenland outlet glaciers
Rosenau, R.; Scheinert, M.; Dietrich, R. (2015): A processing system to monitor Greenland outlet glacier velocity variations at decadal and seasonal time scales utilizing the Landsat imagery. Remote Sens. Environ., 169, 1-19, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.07.012
An international team of researchers has combined satellite imagery and climate and ocean records to obtain the most detailed understanding yet of how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – which contains enough ice to raise global sea level by 3.3 metres – is responding to climate change.