Larsen-C crack

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Released

20/04/2017

Length

00:01:37

Copyright

contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by A. Hogg/CPOM/Priestly Centre

Description

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission is monitoring the growing crack in Antarctica’s Larsen-C ice shelf. When the ice shelf breaks off or ‘calves’, it will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded – but exactly how long this will take is difficult to predict.

This animation demonstrates how scientists analyse radar data from Sentinel-1 to monitor the crack. This includes combining radar images to create an ‘interferogram’. Learn more.

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