Ice Sheets (Antarctic)

The Antarctic Ice Sheet project develops methods for producing long-term and reliable climate data records of Antarctica from satellite observations.

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The Antarctic Ice Sheets ECV project makes use of measurements acquired by ESA and other space agency satellites dating back to the early 1990s. The key parameters it focuses on are measurements of the Antarctic ice sheet surface elevation change (SEC), ice velocity (IV), grounding line location (GLL), and gravimetric mass balance (GMB).

The project also provides scientific leadership for the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise, a community effort to reconcile satellite estimates of the sea level contribution due to Antarctica and Greenland.

Its datasets have helped improve our understanding of historical and present-day change in Antarctica, to assess the skill of the IPCC’s climate models, and to improve the accuracy of climate projections.

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