Greenland's Shrinking Ice Sheet: Images, Measurements, and Implications

Tue, 09 Sep 2008 16:00:00 GMT

Many of the consequences of climate change such as warmer winters and shifting rainfall patterns are becoming increasingly apparent here in the United States, but it is in remote reaches of the planet that some of the most rapid and potentially catastrophic changes are occurring. Millions of cubic kilometers of water are locked up in Greenland’s ice sheet, and the data indicate that it is melting at an unexpectedly rapid rate. Substantial melting of Greenland’s glaciers would cause significant sea level rise, affecting the cities and populations that are concentrated near the coast. This briefing will highlight efforts to study changes in the Greenland ice sheet, capture both its beauty and demise and explore the consequences for U.S. citizens as well as people around the globe.

  • Brendan Kelly, Arctic Natural Sciences Program, National Science Foundation
  • James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey
  • Robert Bindschadler, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Konrad Steffen, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • James E. Neumann, Industrial Economics, Incorporated

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