Earth  ID: 3055

History of Jakobshavn Glacier Recession

Since measurements of Jakobshavn Isbrae were first taken in 1850, the glacier has gradually receded, finally coming to rest at a certain point for the past 5 decades. However, from 1997 to 2003, the glacier has begun to recede again, this time almost doubling in speed. The finding is important for many reasons. For starters, as more ice moves from glaciers on land into the ocean, it raises sea levels. Jakobshavn Isbrae is Greenland's largest outlet glacier, draining 6.5 percent of Greenland's ice sheet area. The ice stream's speed-up and near-doubling of ice flow from land into the ocean has increased the rate of sea level rise by about .06 millimeters (about .002 inches) per year, or roughly 4 percent of the 20th century rate of sea level increase.

For More Information

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2004/dec/HQ_m04192_glacier_ice.html


Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Waleed Abdalati (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Alex Kekesi (GST): Writer
Sarah DeWitt (NASA/GSFC): Writer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Nature, Volume 432, 2 December 2004, pp. 608-610

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Mission:
Landsat

Data Used:
Landsat-7/ETM+/Band Combination 3-2-1
1850, 1880, 1902, 1929, 1942, 1953, 2003
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Dates of Data Used:
1850, 1880, 1902, 1929, 1942, 1953, 2003

This item is part of these series:
Greenland
AGU 2004

Keywords:
GCMD >> Location >> Greenland
SVS >> Jakobshavn
SVS >> Glaciers
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