NASA's Operation IceBridge studies ice loss in Antarctica

NASA's Operation IceBridge studies ice loss in AntarcticaNASA’s Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past nine years and is currently flying a series of nine-hour research flights over West Antarctica to monitor ice loss aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft. According to NASA, the current mission targets “sea ice in the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas and glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and along the English and Bryan Coasts.” Researchers have used the IceBridge data to observe that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be in a state of irreversible decline, directly contributing to rising sea levels.

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