Greenland’s thousands of glaciers makes it an ideal place to spot the effects of climate change.
Researchers trek up into this icy world to study glaciers and learn how warming temperatures will affect our planet. Glaciers are always changing with the seasons, to measure these differences scientists use something called mass balance. Mass balance looks at how these chunks of ice grow as the snow falls and shrink as they float out to sea.
Tracking a glacier can be tricky especially when you are trying to see how these pieces of ice have changed over several years. Today scientists are relying on a view from up high thanks to seven orbiting satellites and airplanes. With ice thickness data that will soon be available from NASA scientists we will have an even better understanding of glaciers and climate change.