Exploring Ice Sheet Dynamics in the Era of Remote Sensing Technology

Climate Change

Over the past three decades, observations have shown that both the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets have been losing mass at a very fast pace. Glaciers and ice sheets have become today the largest contributors to sea level rise, but their contribution over the next centuries remains a key uncertainty in sea level rise projections. Understanding and reducing these uncertainties to improve the representation of past and future behavior of the ice sheets and their interactions with the other components of the Earth system remains scientifically and technically challenging. During the same period, the amount and quality of remote-sensing observations of the ice sheets has increased exponentially, providing a new picture of the ice sheets and their evolution.

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