Friday, September 19, 2008

Watching the cryosphere

The Arctic sea ice appears to have reached the minimum extent for this season, short of last year's record. If you just can't wait another eight or nine months for more news about the shrinking cryosphere, never fear. There a several sites monitoring the movement of mountain glaciers and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

The Extreme Ice Survey has some fantastic still (and time lapse photos) from cameras set up on a few mountain glaciers and in Greenland. And I just got a note from someone at Sermitsiaq, a Greenlandic newspaper about a new web cam that offers the opportunity to "watch as Greenland melts". Be sure to get yourself a comfortable seat, the melting may take a while.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's an interesting graph. I've been looking at the original every few days for a month or two. The thing which would make it more useful, though, would be some indication of the spread of extents over the 1979 to 2000 period, perhaps a shaded area rather than a single line.