Earth  ID: 20021

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

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

SVS >> Albedo
SVS >> Byrne
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