Melting in that region of the planet is potentially dangerous, one more effect of climate change.
Melting glaciers in Greenland is a potentially hazardous phenomenon for the planet.
The ice that exists in this region consists of so much water that if it were to melt, sea levels throughout the world would rise by up to 7.62 meters.
A group of NASA researchers fly over Greenland’s frozen territory to measure the behavior of the ice with specialized instrumentation.
NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) research mission is gathering data to understand the real impact of global warming on melting glaciers in Greenland.
In order to find out, a group led by Josh Willis, principal investigator for OMG’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, flew over the glaciers and coastlines.
“When you look out the window (of the plane), you really get a sense of just how huge these glaciers are, these gigantic rivers of ice that are draining the ice out of Greenland into the ocean,” explains the investigator.
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From a small airfield located in a small town in southeastern Greenland, Willis’ team takes off to measure the behavior of the glaciers from the sky.
These data have to be collected through cylindrical probes that are dropped at strategic points from a modified DC-3 aircraft the OMG team works from.
Their work consists of measuring the behavior of the ice along Greenland’s coastline spanning more than 38,000 kilometers.
This part of the investigation has to be carried out by plane, as the data can’t be retrieved via satellite.
In short, the OMG mission is to monitor the temperature and salinity of subterranean water from the Atlantic with around 250 ocean probes that are dropped into the water from a DC-3 plane.
The mission is “to find out how much of Greenland’s glacier melt is caused by warming oceans,” explains NASA.
The OMG is in its final stages, after six years of monitoring Greenland’s melting glaciers every summer.
The effects of global warming in Greenland are impossible to deny.
At the end of last August, two rains reached the glacial ice region for the first time, a previously unrecorded phenomenon.
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, rains in late August caused a major melt event.
This rainfall coincided with the highest temperature records in three decades.
(With information from AFP)