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Pine Island Glacier and Ice Sheet Stability in West Antarctica

In May 2017 CPOM Leeds hosted the concluding meeting of NERC's Ice Sheet Stability Research Programme (iSTAR), an effort to improve ...
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/ Antarctic, Ice sheets

Satellites reveal hidden ice canyons

CPOM's Noel Gourmelen explains how ESA's Sentinel-1 and CryoSat missions have shed light on the huge canyons hidden within the ...
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/ Antarctic, Ice sheets

Update on the Larsen-C iceberg breakaway

The largest remaining ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula lost 10% of its area when an iceberg four times the ...
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/ Antarctic, Sentinel-1

Giant iceberg in the making at Larsen-C

ESA satellites are monitoring a deep crack that continues to cut across the Larsen C ice shelf. When it eventually ...
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/ Antarctic, CryoSat, Sentinel-1

New FutureLearn Course on Greenland Ice Sheet

Registration is now open for a new, free European Space Agency/FutureLearn course on how we observe and monitor the Greenland ...
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/ Arctic, Ice sheets

Antarctic Peninsula ice more stable than thought

Glacier flow at the southern Antarctic Peninsula has increased since the 1990s, but a new study has found the change ...
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/ Antarctic, Ice sheets

Sentinel-1 monitors growing crack in Larsen-C

Radar mission Sentinel-1 continues to monitor the growing crack in Antarctica’s Larsen-C ice shelf, which is expected to produce a ...
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/ Antarctic, Ice sheets, Sentinel-1

Phytoplankton blooms under Arctic sea ice

In 2011, researchers observed a massive bloom of phytoplankton growing under Arctic sea ice - conditions that should have been far too ...
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/ Arctic, Sea ice

CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D

Around 250 million measurements taken by ESA’s CryoSat mission over the last six years have been used to create a ...
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/ Antarctic, CryoSat, Ice sheets

How low will it go? Scientists to use improved forecast system to predict Arctic ice melt

CPOM scientists at Reading University have been closely involved in developing a new, more accurate forecast system to predict whether ...
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/ Arctic, Sea ice

PhD opportunity: Greenland/Antarctic ice sheet mass balance and regional variability in sea level rise

CPOM is seeking an excellent PhD candidate to work at the interface of climate and space science.   Using Earth ...
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/ Antarctic, Arctic, Ice sheets, Uncategorised

Satellites track variations in retreat of West Antarctic glaciers

An almost 25-year long record of elevation change of some of Antarctica’s fastest flowing and receding glaciers reveals important differences ...
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/ Antarctic, Ice sheets

Lowest early-winter sea ice growth on record

There is set to be only 10,500 cubic kilometres of sea ice in the Arctic this month – the joint ...
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/ Arctic, CryoSat, Sea ice

CryoSat reveals recent Greenland ice loss

The most recent, detailed picture of ice loss from Greenland is presented in a new study, published online today in ...
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/ Arctic, CryoSat, Ice sheets

ESA Advanced Cryosphere Training Course 2016

ESA is holding a new advanced Cryosphere Training Course devoted to training the next generation of Earth Observation (EO) scientists ...
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/ Antarctic, Arctic, Uncategorised

Arctic sea ice shows resilience

CPOM scientists have found that Arctic sea ice volume increased markedly in the summer of 2013 compared to the previous ...
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/ Arctic, CryoSat, Sea ice

Sea ice: a story of cracks

CPOM's Harry Heorton blogs about sea ice formation and dynamics and why it's important for global climate on the Reading ...
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/ Arctic, Sea ice

Pine Island Glacier on Sentinel-1A’s radar

This image combining two scans by Sentinel-1A’s radar shows that parts of the Pine Island glacier flowed about 100 m ...
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/ Antarctic, Ice sheets, Sentinel-1

Latest CPOM sea ice report

17 April 2015 Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever winter extent, it was ...
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/ Arctic, CryoSat, Sea ice

CryoSat beams down today’s Arctic sea ice

Having just celebrated its milestone fifth birthday, CryoSat has become the first mission to provide information on Arctic sea ice ...
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/ Arctic, CryoSat, Sea ice

Arctic sea ice: a cool start to spring

CPOM's Danny Feltham describes the current state of the Arctic sea ice and explains the uncertainties on Reading University's Weather ...
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/ Arctic, Sea ice

CryoSat extends its reach on the Arctic

CryoSat has delivered this year’s map of autumn sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, revealing a small decrease in ice volume ...
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/ Arctic, CryoSat, Sea ice

Migrating ‘supraglacial’ lakes could trigger future Greenland ice loss

CPOM scientists have found that predictions of Greenland ice loss and its impact on rising sea levels may have been ...
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/ Arctic, Ice sheets

Arctic ice cap slides into the ocean

Satellite images have revealed that a remote Arctic ice cap has thinned by more than 50 metres since 2012 – ...
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/ Arctic, Ice caps