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Sentinels in constant watch on mighty polar glaciers

22 April 2016

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The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time.

The sextet - Pine Island and Thwaites in Antarctica; and Jakobshavn, Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, Zacharae Isstrom and Petermann in Greenland - are major contributors to ongoing sea-level rise.

They are thinning and flowing faster, and scientists believe some of them have become unstable.

Routine observation should pick up any sudden changes in behaviour.

Source: BBC

Image credit: COPERNICUS/ESA/CPOM/LEEDS - Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden flows off northeast Greenland

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