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Ice Albedo - Global View

This is a conceptual animation showing how polar ice reflects light from the sun. As this ice begins to melt, less sunlight gets reflected into space. It is instead absorbed into the oceans and land, raising the overall temperature, and fueling further melting.


Animation Credits

Susan Twardy (HTSI): Lead Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Animator
Claire Parkinson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Waleed Abdalati (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Writer
Sarah DeWitt (NASA/GSFC): Writer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?20021

Mission:
Terra

Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble Land Cover

Goddard TV Tape:
G2007-001HD -- NASA's HD Climate Change Resource Tape

Keywords:
SVS >> Albedo
SVS >> Byrne
DLESE >> Climatology
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> Earth Science
SVS >> Gonnelli
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Polar Ice
SVS >> Reflectivity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Ice Growth/Melt
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Albedo
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice >> Freeze/Thaw
SVS >> Copenhagen
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