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Satellite observes rapid ice shelf disintegration in Antarctic
Date:4/5/2012

predictive capabilities on the response of snow and ice to climate change," said Prof. Rott.

"Climate models are predicting drastic warming for high latitudes. The Envisat observations of the Larsen Ice Shelf confirm the vulnerability of ice shelves to climatic warming and demonstrate the importance of ice shelves for the stability of glaciers upstream.

"These observations are very relevant for estimating the future behaviour of the much larger ice masses of West Antarctica if warming spreads further south."

Radars on Earth observation satellites, such as Envisat's ASAR, are particularly useful for monitoring polar regions because they can acquire images through clouds and darkness.

The Sentinel missions being developed as part of Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme will continue the legacy of radar observations.


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Contact: Robert Meisner
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European Space Agency
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