Glaciers are Melting Faster With Far Greater Consequences Than Expected

Pope Glacier in Antarctica taken by Operation Ice Bridge in 2016. (Credit: NASA)

https://www.dlr.de/content/de/artikel/news/2022/01/20220128_gletscher-schmelzen-schneller-als-erwartet.html

  • West Antarctica: Smith, Pope and Kohler glaciers are melting faster than expected.
  • Critical area: Free-floating undersides of glaciers melt the most.
  • Ice masses in West Antarctica could raise sea levels by up to 1.3 meters.
  • Focus: space travel, earth observation, global change, TanDEM-X

COLOGNE, Germany (DLR PR) — The South Pole has new problem children. A group of smaller glaciers are melting faster than expected: Pope, Smith and Kohler. So far, the neighboring ice giants Thwaites and Pine Island have been the focus of research because they are very fragile and could cause global sea levels to rise by up to 1.2 meters. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has uncovered and analyzed the changes in West Antarctica together with international research partners. Using special radar data from the TanDEM-X and COSMO-SkyMed satellite missions, they tracked down the causes of the rapid melting of the smaller glaciers.

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NOAA Readies for Addition to its Space Weather Toolkit

An artist’s rendering of the SWFO-L1 satellite. (Credit: NOAA)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (NOAA PR) — NOAA is planning an advanced satellite that will improve forecasts and warnings for potentially damaging solar activity while perched in a Sun-facing orbit a million miles from Earth.

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Lackey Bill for California Aerospace Institute Dies in Committee

Tom Lackey

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

A bill introduced by State Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) that would have established the California Institute of Aerospace in the Antelope Valley has died in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Under the measure, the University of California would have established the institute on a satellite campus located within 20 miles of either Edwards Air Force Base or the United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The institute would have been located within the 36th District that Lackey represents.

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Lackey Bill Calls for California Institute for Aerospace in Antelope Valley

Tom Lackey

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

A bill introduced by State Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) calls for the establishment of the California Institute of Aerospace in the Antelope Valley to promote the industry throughout the state.

Under the measure, the University of California would establish the institute on a satellite campus located within 20 miles of either Edwards Air Force Base or the United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The institute would be located within the 36th District that Lackey represents.

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