Researchers at the University of Kansas (KU) used ice-penetrating radar from NASA’s Operation IceBridge to provide a detailed map of the layers inside the Greenland Ice Sheet. The map provides details on the age of Greenland’s ice.
Engineers at the National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), headquartered at KU, helped to develop the radar used that provided a shallow and deep view of the glaciers.
“IceBridge surveyed previously unexplored parts of the Greenland Ice Sheet and did it using state-of-the-art CReSIS radars,” said study co-author Mark Fahnestock, a glaciologist from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and IceBridge science team member.
The Greenland ice sheet has been losing mass with warming temperatures for the past two decades. This research, offering an internal view with details of the ice’s age and past flows, provides a better understanding how the ice sheet might respond in the future.
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For more information on Operation IceBridge, visit www.nasa.gov/icebridge.
For more information on CReSIS, visit https://cresis.ku.edu.