Watch: High-definition map of Greenland Ice Sheet shows ice loss over time

Using images and other data captured by the ICESat satellite and Operation IceBridge mission, researchers have been able to map the elevation of Greenland’s ice sheet to a resolution of 2 meters. Their results were presented today at the American Geophysical Union’s annual conference in San Francisco. The changes in elevation reveal that the ice sheet has lost an average of 300 cubic kilometers of ice per year between 2003 and 2012, the Weather Network reports. The loss of ice is attributed to warming surface and ocean temperatures caused by climate change.

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