Poster of Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Changes from NASA GSFC GRACE Mascon Solutions

  • Released Friday, December 11, 2009
  • Updated Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 2:01PM
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This poster shows change in the mass of the Greenland ice sheet from 2003 through 2009. Figures represent the mascon solutions from the 15th of February, April, July and October.

Luthcke, S.B., D.D. Rowlands, J.J. McCarthy, A. Arendt, T. Sabaka, J.P. Boy, F.G. Lemoine, "Recent Changes of the Earth's Land Ice from GRACE, " presented at 2009 Fall AGU, H13G-02 (693337), Dec. 14, 2009.

The mass changes of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) are computed from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) inter-satellite range-rate observations for the period April 5, 2003 - July 25, 2009. The mass of the GIS has been computed at 10-day intervals and 200 km spatial resolution from a regional high-resolution mascon solution (Luthcke and others, 2008 and 2006). The poster shows the change in mass during February, April, July and October from 2003 through 2009 as referenced from April 5, 2003. The spatial variation in surface mass is shown in centimeters equivalent height of water. The chart shown in the upper left corner presents total ice loss in Greenland over the same time period measured in gigatons.

Corresponding author:
Scott B. Luthcke
Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory, Code 698


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio


This visualization is based on the following papers:
  • Luthcke, S.B., A.A. Arendt, D.D. Rowlands, J.J. McCarthy and C.F. Larsen. Recent glacier mass changes in the Gulf of Alaska region from GRACE mascon solutions. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 54, No. 188, 2008.

    Luthcke, S.B., H.J. Zwally, W. Abdalati, D.D. Rowlands, R.D. Ray, R.S. Nerem, F.G. Lemoine, J.J. McCarthy and D.S. Chinn. Recent Greenland Ice Mass Loss by Drainage System from Satellite Gravity Observations. Science, 314, 1286, 2006. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1130776]


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Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Mascon Solution (Collected with the Star Camera sensor)

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