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Drastic Measures

Greenland is melting at the fastest pace in recorded history

According to NASA, 2017 was among the hottest years on record. Rising seas caused by melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will reshape coastlines as we know them today, where most of the global population lives.

To predict sea level rise, the Center for Global Sea Level Change at NYU Abu Dhabi has placed sophisticated radar systems and GPS equipment in Greenland to track the glacier’s movement toward the open ocean. The Greenland Ice Sheet, which measures 1,755,637 square kilometers, is melting at the fastest pace in recorded history.

David Holland, Principal Investigator for the Center for Sea Level Change
 

Scientists have only recently sounded alarms about the increasingly unstable West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Our team at NYUAD is actively contributing to an urgent international research effort to understand its potentially catastrophic impacts on sea level.

David Holland, Center for Global Sea Level Change

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