Oceans Melting Greenland campaign (OMG)

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UCI, NASA reveal new details of Greenland ice loss

Data are dramatically increasing knowledge of how the ocean is melting the ice sheet

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – IRVINE

Maps of the northwest Greenland coastline before (left) and after (right) OMG data were incorporated. The coastline itself -- the edge of the glacier ice -- appears as a faint white line. The right-hand image shows several previously unknown troughs revealed by the OMG seafloor survey. CREDIT Credit: UCI Maps of the northwest Greenland coastline before (left) and after (right) OMG data were incorporated. The coastline itself — the edge of the glacier ice — appears as a faint white line. The right-hand image shows several previously unknown troughs revealed by the OMG seafloor survey. CREDIT
Credit: UCI

Irvine, Calif., February 9, 2017 – Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland campaign, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland’s ice sheet is melting from below. Two new research papers in the journal Oceanography, including one by UCI Earth system scientist Mathieu Morlighem, use OMG observations to document how meltwater and ocean currents…

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