Change in height of the Greenland Ice Sheet between 2007 and 2011. Purple indicates a gain in height, green and red indicates ice loss around the margins of the ice sheet. (Photo: Screenshot of the Greenland Ice CCI data viewed in Google Earth)
There’s arguably never been a better time to indulge in some DIY science from the comfort of your own home.
Want to see exactly how the ice on Greenland has changed in the last 20 years? Well, now you can.
The European Space Agency (ESA) have launched a new website with full access to a collection of their satellite data, images, and animations covering the entire Greenland ice sheet.
“This is a big project funded by ESA, which is making some of their data for detecting climate change in Greenland available to everyone,” says Louise Sandberg Sørensen, a researcher from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and one of the scientists behind the project.
“It’s great because it’s no longer just scientists like me that can access this data,” she says.
You can download data via the new website, and see for yourself exactly how the height of the ice sheet has changed, and how fast and where the ice is melting.