Satellites help observe glaciers in Alaska • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Glacier Bay National Park in southeast Alaska. 

The park is well-known for its glaciers that flow into the sea. Most of the glaciers are located deep in the Alaskan wilderness, where it can be challenging for scientists to observe changes.

In the current study, satellite imagery is helping experts forecast changes throughout the region.

“Glacier Bay National Park is a well-known and visited area that is showing significant ice loss,” said  Christopher Shuman.

“But all the glacier thinning and retreat, as well as increased debris-cover and dramatic landslides, haven’t been fully documented yet.”

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

 

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