Images of Antarctic Ice Shelves

Ted Scambos, Jennifer Bohlander, University of Colorado Boulder, University Colorado Boulder

Changes in the extent and stability of ice shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula prompted National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) to begin a monitoring program using data from the their high resolution images, local area coverage and advanced very high resolution radiometer imagery. NSIDC regularly reviews images of those ice shelves considered susceptible to rapid change due to climatic warming. The images in this site represent a selected subset of the available scenes, generally the clearest and most informative scenes available. The scenes are derived from either the visible (vis) or thermal (temp) channels, enhanced by combining two channels using principal components processing. Images include 13 glaciers, ice shelves and bays in the Antarctic as well as locator maps and latitude and longitude grids.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Hydrology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional
Data Derived: Data Derived
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water