The only place with more of the worldâ€™s ice than Greenland is Antarctica.Â But Greenland is warming twice as fast as Antarctica, andÂ this rapid melting is raising global sea levelsÂ at an alarming rateâ€”even faster than expected. InÂ August, Jakobshavnâ€”Greenlandâ€™sÂ fastest-moving glacier and one of the fastest melting in the worldâ€”may have lost its largest chunk of ice in recorded history.
But this team of scientists says almost all of the currentÂ research is done by analyzing satellite images and creating models to simulate the thawing. There is very little on-the-ground information, which is key to predicting just howÂ quickly sea levels will rise.
So this summer, theyÂ headed to Greenland to conduct the first comprehensive measurements of the rate of the melting sea ice. The scientists plan to use the data, which will be published in the next few months,Â to test if current climate models are accurate.
Until then, youâ€™ve got to check out thisÂ astonishing drone footageÂ fromÂ The New York Timesâ€™Â Josh Haner, which capture Greenlandâ€™s rapid melting:
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