Earth 

Iceland Glacier Recession 1973 to 2000, Glacier Terminus Contrast Emphasized

This animation shows glacier recesion at the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland. The data from 1973 is taken from Landsat 1 and the 2000 data is from Landsat 7. The Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Iceland has been measured by Landsat to be receding since 1973. The glacierologists in Iceland and here at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have measured the recession throughout the entire glacier and found different rates of recession in different areas. In general, the glacier seems to be receding at about 2% annually.

It is extremely controversial whether or not this recession is caused by global warming.


Visualization Credits

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Dorothy Hall (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Short URL to share this page:
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?2101

Mission:
Landsat

Data Used:
Landsat-7/ETM+ 2000/09
Landsat-1/MSS 1973/09

This item is part of this series:
Iceland

Keywords:
SVS >> Breidamerkurjokull
DLESE >> Climatology
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> Glacier
SVS >> Recession
GCMD >> Location >> Iceland
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0