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Is Greenland Melting? DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this chapter, using My World GIS, users explore data that characterize the dynamic Greenland Ice Sheet. By examining photographs, map views, and tabular data, users gain an understanding of how and why scientists are monitoring the ice sheet and what they are finding. Users explore map layers that represent ice sheet thickness, weather station locations, and annual melt extents of the ice sheet. They learn about the working conditions that Arctic scientists must endure to collect their data, and how sensors on satellites are used to gather information from an area as large as Greenland. Finally, users learn about scientists' methods for measuring ice flowing downhill from Greenland, and examine that data to learn how fast the ice is moving.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Photograph
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Climatology
  • Cryology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
Excel spreadsheet
Adobe Acrobat reader
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is freely available on the Web
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-597
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Marian Grogan